A loan of $850 helped a member to purchase shea butter.


Benkola (Se Mettre D’Accord) Group's story

The Benko group is made up of 8 women, all married who live in large traditional families with their husbands, children and other parents. On average, they are 35 years old and have at least 4 children in the town of Koutiala. This group sells various items, such as spices and vegetables for sauces, cloths, cups, shea butter, beans, okra, etc. In order to increase the size of their businesses, the members decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. They are on their first loan. Nana, the second person from the right to the left, expects to use her loan to buy a large quantity of shea butter in Koutiala. She sells the butter at the market at retail for cash to a mixed clientele. Based on market demand, Ms. Nana expects to make a profit of 90,000 f CFA, while the other members of the groups expect to make an average monthly profit of 84,000 f CFA each during the loan cycle. Besides the repayment of their loans, they will use a part of their revenue to cope with personal expenses and to increase their business funds.

In this group: Awa , Jeanne , Kadiatou , Kadia , Nana , Sadio , Mariam, Djeneba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Martha Schmitz



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