A loan of $1,700 helped a member to purchase tubers.


Benkan Group's story

The four women of the group Benkan are married for the most part in polygamous households. The women average 34 years of age and two children each. And they all live in Ouolofobougou, a district in Bamako. They know one another through ties of community and their revenue-generating businesses at the Ouolofobougou market. The group members have small-scale businesses involving tubers (potatoes) and vegetables.

With the goal of increasing their business inventory, the group members decided to collaborate with the the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their second solidarity loan cycle.

Ms. Badjè (the woman standing second from the right in the photo) is famous for selling tubers (yams and potatoes) in her district. She intends to use her loan to purchase 350 kg of yams in Bamako. She makes her sales retail to mostly women customers.

With this loan, Ms. Badjè hopes to make an average monthly profit of 85,000 francs CFA that will be used for reinvesting in her business and ensuring her children’s care.

In this group: Aminata, Sanoudjè, Ami, Badjè

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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