A loan of $750 helped a member buy fertilizer, agricultural inputs and seeds, and pay for tilling.


Benkola 3 Group's story

The ten members of the Benkola 3 group are married women who on average are 25 years old with two children. For the most part they live in traditional families in Fasseribougou, a village in the municipality of Loulouni, which is part of Sikasso, the third administrative region of Mali.

They have been working with the Soro Yiriwaso micro-finance institution to carry out their farming activities during the rainy season. They are on their sixth agricultural loan cycle with Soro Yiriwaso, and all previous loans have been repaid in full.

The selected crop is rice featuring Mrs. Barakissa, who is standing in the second position from right to left in the picture of this Benkola 3 group of women. She will use her loan to buy seeds, two 50-kilo bags of fertilizer, two cans of herbicide, and pay the tilling costs to maintain one half of an hectare (about 1.24 acres).

After harvest the crop is sold at village level and in Sikasso, to a clientele composed of men and women, for cash and on credit.

She expects to make an average profit of 86,000 CFA francs per growing season. This profit will enable her to pay off the loan and its interest, and also help her husband with the family's daily expenses.

In this group: Safiatou , Barakissa , Awa , Maratou, Sali , Rokia , Korotoumou , Afou, Satou, Chata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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