A loan of $1,500 helped a member to buy traditional wax pagnes.

Benkadi Group's story

Most of the seven members of the Benkadi group are married and live in monogamous households. On average, they are 36 years old and have five children. They all live in Sabalibougou, a neighbourhood in the Bamako district, and know each other through being neighbours and thanks to their businesses at the Sabalibougou market.

The group members run businesses selling outfits (wax and embroidered pagnes and damask cloth), drinks, incense, fish, vegetables and cosmetic products, or catering businesses. In order to increase their business funds, the members of the group have decided to collaborate with Soro Yiriwaso. This is their first solidarity loan cycle.

Sabou (picture sitting on the far right) is renowned for the outfits (wax and embroidered pagnes and damask cloth) and incense she sells. She will use her loan to buy 20 wax pagnes in Bamako. She will then resell her products to individuals in her neighborhoods, mainly women.

Sabou hopes that this loan will help her make an average of 50,000 CFA francs per month, which she will use to reinvest in the business and care for her children.

In this group: Mah, Sali, Sabou, Aminata, Assa, Awa, Oumou

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lucy Knight

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