A loan of $1,275 helped a member to buy ingredients for catering.

Benkadi Group's story

Benkadi is a group from the association Fabolona from Dangassa. It brings together women who met through family and neighborhood ties. They are 35 years old on average. Married with an average of two children, they manage different businesses such as the sale of catering just like Fatoumata who is the third person standing from right to left in the photo. They live in large traditional families in Dangassa in the Kourouba Arrondissement (Koulikoro region, republic of Mali).

Due to the concern of meeting the growing needs of their clientele, the members of the group decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program four years ago. They are on their sixth group loan.

Fatoumata plans to use her loan to buy a large quantity of food condiments and fish for her restaurant. She gets her supplies in Dangassa and locally from the wholesalers and sells her food in Dangassa, retail, for cash and credit, to a clientele consisting of men and women. She hopes for a monthly profit of 60,000 FCFA, an amount which will allow her to repay the loan and reinvest in her catering business.

In this group: Fatoumata, Mayama, Djeneba, Fanta, Djeneba, Mariam

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer S Mason

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