A loan of $1,275 helped a member to purchase women's accessories, 20 dolls, 20 children's games, 20 pairs of shoes, and 20 hats.


Benkadi Group's story

The women of the Benkadi Group are an average of 33 years of age, have an average of three children and are all living in traditional extended families in Lafiabougou, one of the districts of the city of San, in the fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali. These women know one another through ties of kinship and through their businesses selling various goods. After having repaid their prior loans in full, the women of the Benkadi Group are on their sixth group loan.

Sétou, shown in the photo on the far left, intends to use her loan to purchase women's accessories, 20 dolls, 20 children's games, 20 pairs of shoes, and 20 hats. She purchases her goods in Bamako from several wholesalers. She sells her merchandise at retail for cash and often on credit, to a clientele composed of women and men.

Sétou hopes to earn an average monthly income of 26,000 Francs CFA, which she will use to pay for health expenses and school fees, with the remainder to be reinvested into her business.

In this group: Setou , Adiaratou , Ramata , Odette , Sali , Oumou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe



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