A loan of $225 helped a member purchase of fruit, beverages and a variety of other items.


Benkadi Group's story

Membership in the Benkadi group is comprised of married women who are on average 28 years old and have two children. They live in monogamous households, all residing in the Filabougou quarter of Ouelessebougou (Koulikoro, Mali). They are known to one another by ties of kinship and proximity. The group’s primary area of endeavor is the sale of fruit and seasonal non-alcoholic carbonated beverages; in addition, they sell a variety of other items, including charcoal and infant clothing (shoes and layettes). After a series of individual setbacks, they formed a group to join the Soro Yiriwaso group loan program and this will be their first loan. With this loan of approximately $55 (25,000 XOF) per member, they intend to buy 150 kilograms of fruit, 60 cans of drinks and various other articles. They do their purchasing from local wholesalers every 15 days and engage in traveling and cash sales. The women in the Benkadi group hope to realize a profit of $17 (8,000 XOF) each every two weeks. They will use these profits to meet the needs of their families. In the days to come they want to diversify their business, branching out into the sale of vegetables and seasonings.

In this group: Fatoumata, Kamissa, Fatou, Tenin

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Joyce .



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