A loan of $800 helped a member to buy the ingredients to make traditional kabakourouni soap.


Benkadi Group's story

The five members of the Benkadi group are married women who, on average, are 36 years old and have five children. They mostly live in traditional families in Ouayerma 1, a popular neighborhood in the town of Sikasso, in the third administrative region of Mali. The group is on their fourth loan with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso, which helps them meet their customers' needs.

Kadia, who is seated first from the left in the photo, make and sells traditional kabakourouni soap. She is highly sought after for the quality of her products.

With this loan, she plans to buy a large quantity of the ingredients to make the soap along with some firewood, which is also needed during the process. She buys the wood in villages surrounding Sikasso.

After she is finished making her soaps, she will sell them at retail from her home and from a market to male and female customers for cash and credit. She hopes to earn an average monthly profit of 30,000 francs CFA, of which a part will be used to pay back a part of the loan and its interest and the other part will be put into savings.

In this group: Kadia , Awa, Amssetou , Afou , Oumou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara



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