A loan of $1,700 helped a member to buy condiments.


Benkadi Group's story

Married mostly into monogamous households, the members of the Benkadi group are, on average, 50 years old and have eight children. They all live in Djalakorodji, of the neighborhoods in Bamako. They know each other through neighborhood ties and their work at the Djalakorodji market. The group members work in small-scale commerce selling condiments (onions, macaroni, shallots, Maggi…), groundnut oil, and meat. In order to increase their business funds, the group members decided to collaborate with Soro Yiriwaso. This is their fourth group loan. Sanata, the woman standing on the far left in the photo, is a grand seller of condiments (onions, macaroni, shallots, Maggi). She plans to use her loan to buy 10 sacs of shallots, 15 sacs of onions, 15 packets of macaroni, and seven boxes of Maggi cubes at wholesale in Bamako. Sales will be made at retail in Djalakorodji and from traveling around to mostly female customers. With this loan, Sanata hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 85,000 francs CFA which will be reinvested in her business and used to support her household expenses.

In this group: Sanata , Mamou , Sitan , Marama
*not pictured

Translator profile picture

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara



Loan details


Lenders and lending teams



Loan details