A loan of $2,950 helped a member to purchase "pagne" cloth.

Benkadi Group's story

The members of the Benkadi group are married women with an average age of 32 years and have an average of 3 children each. They mostly live in monogamous families in the Bougoula neighborhood, one of the surrounding neighborhoods of the city of Sikasso in the third administrative region of Mali. They are on their thirteenth loan with the microfinance organization Soro Yiriwaso, in the hope of meeting the needs of their customers.

Assetou is in the business of selling "pagne" cloth (the traditional colorful cloth of western Africa) in this group of women. She is pictured standing, third from left to right, in the photo. She plans to use her loan to purchase 50 pieces of wax "pagne" cloth. She sells her items at the big market and from her home. She sells for cash to a customer base made up of men and women. Assetou hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 85,000 francs CFA, a portion of which she will use to repay the loan and its interest, and the rest she will put into savings.

In this group: Djeneba, Abi, Assetou, Fatoumata, Mariam, Alima, Lala

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips

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