A loan of $1,525 helped a member to buy fertilizer and agricultural inputs and to pay the manual labour.

Benkadi 3 Group's story

The 10 members of the Benkadi 3 group are married women with an average age of 31 and, on average, 3 children. They mainly live in traditional families in Koulouwo in the Kaboila commune, Sikasso Circle, third administrative region of Mali. They are working with the MFI Soro Yiriwaso in order to carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their 7th group loan with the MFI Soro Yiriwaso and have correctly repaid the previous loans.

Djenebou, standing second from the right in the picture with the other Benkadi 3 members, grows rice. She plans to use her loan to buy 2 50-kilo bags of fertiliser, 2 cans of pesticides of differing quality and to pay the cost of the labour she needs to cultivate 0.5 hectares of land. After the harvest, the produce is sold in the village and in Sikasso to a clientèle made up of men and women, for cash or credit. She expects to make an average profit of 100 000 francs per crop cycle. This profit will allow her to repay her part of the loan and to support her husband with the family's daily expenses.

In this group: Aoua , Tagary , Mariam , Djenebou, Fatoumata Mamoutou, Mamine , Kadiatou, Fatoumata , Brakissa , Alimatou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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