A loan of $1,325 helped a member to purchase farm inputs and seeds.


Benkelema 1 Group's story

The members of the Benkelema 1 Group are married women with an average age of 43 and an average of four children each. They all live within traditional family frameworks in Konona, a village in Dambela Commune in Sikasso, the third administrative region of Mali. They are collaborating with the Soro Yiriwaso Microfinance Institution so that they can see through their agricultural activities during the winter period. This will be their sixth loan with Soro Yiriwaso. Their previous loans were all paid back in full. The group's main produce is corn. The group's representative is Fatoumata, the woman standing on the left at the end of the standing row in the photo. With this loan, she is planning on buying farm inputs and seeds in order to maintain one hectare of land. After the harvest, the produce is sold on a village level as well as at the markets of Sikasso to a customer base made up of both men and women. She is planning on making an average profit of 150,000 FCFA per season. These profits will allow her to pay off her loan and also help her husband with their family's daily living expenses.

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In this group: Fatoumata , Minata , Ramatou , Awa , Rokia, Rokia, Djenebou, Niadiougou, Saly , Setou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Christopher Smith



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