A loan of $1,675 helped a member to buy wax pagnes.


Benkadi Group's story

The 4 women of the Benkadi group are married and mostly live in monogamous households. They have an average age of 38 and, on average, 4 children. They all live in Bamako-Coura, one of the districts of Bamako. They got to know each other thanks to neighbourly relationships and their revenue-generating activities at the Bamako-Coura market. The group members are small retailers of wax fabric clothing, drinks and prepared food. The group members have decided to work with Soro Yiriwaso in order to increase their working capital and are on their second group loan. Coumba (standing second from the right in the picture) has a good reputation as a seller of wax pagnes (highly colourful and decorative West African clothing). She plans to use her loan to buy 60 pieces of wax pagnes wholesale in Bamako. She makes her sales for cash or credit at the market and on the street to a clientèle mostly made up of women. Thanks to this loan, Coumba hopes to make an average monthly profit of 100 000 francs which she will reinvest in her business and use to take care of the children in her household.

In this group: Oumou , Saran , Kadia , Coumba
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer



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