A loan of $525 helped a member to buy vegetables.

Benkan Group's story

The Benkan group is a member of the Sanouya de N'tentou association. It is made up of women who met through neighbourhood and family ties. On average they are 34 years old. Married with an average of four children, they have various activities such as the commerce of fruit and vegetables like Binta, who is the second person standing from right to left in the photo. They live in large traditional families in N'tentou in the Kati prefecture (Koulikoro region in the Republic of Mali).
They have been working in small business for several years and are very sought after in the vegetable trade: bananas, cabbage, carrots, pineapple and tomato.
In an attempt to satisfy the increasing needs of their customers, the members of the group decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso credit programme. This is their second solidarity loan.
Binta plans to use her loan to buy 10 kg of bananas and a large quantity of cabbage, carrots, pineapple and tomatoes. She buys her stock locally from wholesalers and sells her merchandise retail at Ouelessebougou, for cash or for credit to a clientele of men and women.
She hopes to make a monthly profit of 15.000FCFA which will enable her to reimburse her loan and reinvest the remainder in her vegetable business.

In this group: Bintou , Fatoumata , Salimata , Salimata , Binta

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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