A loan of $1,125 helped a member to buy food ingredients for resale.


Bendiya Group's story

The seven members of the Bendiya Group all live in traditional families. The women are, on average, 37 years old and have three children. They all live in the village of Zambougou, in Ségou (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They know one another through neighbourhood, family and business ties.

The group members are all retailers of food ingredients, prepared meals or cereals. In order to improve their working capital, the women decided to work with the field partner, Soro Yiriwaso, this will be their second group loan.

Maimouna (sitting on the far right of the photo) sells all sorts of food ingredients in Zambougou village and the surrounding area. She intends to use her loan to buy a large quantity of food ingredients for resale to her customers. She sells mainly to women, on a cash or credit basis.

Maimouna hopes to make an average monthly profit of 25,000 francs CFA, which she will use to help her husband, and improve her working capital. In the future, she hopes to continue working with Soro Yiriwaso.

In this group: Mariam , Assou , Wassa , Sirantou , Maimouna , Djeneba , Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder



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