A loan of $550 helped a member buy various items.


Benkadi Group's story

The women in the Benkadi group are on average 31 years old with three children, and all live in traditional extended families in Lafiabougou, one of the neighborhoods in San/Segou (the fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

These women became acquainted through kinship ties and are small retail traders of various items and condiments. The Benkadi group of women are on their first group loan.

Djomine is the first woman standing from left to right in the photo. She intends to use the loan to buy 10 pairs of plastic shoes, 10 pairs of earrings and 4 lengths of wax cloth (colorful West-African fabric).

She buys locally from wholesalers, and sells retail to a clientele composed of women and men, for cash and often on credit.

She hopes to attain average monthly profits of 20,000 CFA francs to be spent on health, food, and school fees. The rest will be reinvested in the business.

In this group: Awa , Djomine , Rosalie , Ramata, Fissina

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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