A loan of $425 helped a member to purchase "pagne" cloth.

Benkadi Group's story

The four members of the Benkadi subgroup of Miiriya are married women with an average age of 35 years and an average of 4 children each. They all live in traditional extended families in Ouayerma I, one of the neighborhoods of the third administrative region of Mali. The women are partnering with the microfinance organization Soro Yiriwaso in order to better run their businesses.

The women are on their first loan with the organization and at the beginning of their partnership. They sell wax "pagne" (the traditional colorful cloth of western Africa), flour, spices, etc.

Aminata, the first woman pictured on the far left of the photo, plans to use her loan to purchase wax "pagne" cloth. She stocks up in the area and makes her retail sales for cash and credit to a customer base made up of both men and women. She hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 20,000 francs CFA. This will allow her to repay her loan and also to help her husband with the daily expenses.

In this group: Aminata, Kadia, Kane, Assetou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips

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