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Benkola 5 Group
In this Group: Adiara , Fatoumata Amadou, Anchata Drissa , Afouchata , Abi , Djeneba
The six members of the Benkola 5 group are married women who on average are 22 years old with one child. 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. Abi, who is sitting in the middle in the picture of this Benkola 5 group of women. She will use her loan to buy seeds, two 50-kilo bags of fertilizer, one can 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 73,000 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.
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Les 6 membres du groupe BENKOLA 5 sont des femmes mariées ayant une moyenne d’âge de 22 ans et ont en moyenne 1 enfant et vivant la plupart dans des familles traditionnelles à FASSERIBOUGOU un village dans la commune de LOULOUNI dans la région de SIKASSO 3ème région administrative du Mali.
Elles collaborent avec l’institution de microfinance Soro Yiriwaso afin de mener à bien leurs activités agricoles pendant l’hivernage.
Elles sont à leur sixième prêt de campagne avec l’institution de microfinance soro yiriwaso, les prêts antérieurs ont été bien remboursés.
La spéculation cultivée est le riz avec madame ABI assise au millieu sur la photo dans ce groupe de femme BENKOLA 5.
Avec son prêt, elle compte acheter de la semence, 2 sacs de 50 kg d’engrais, 1 bidons d’herbicide et payer les frais de labour pour entretenir 0,5 hectare.
Après la récolte la production est vendue au niveau du village, aux marchés de SIKASSO à une clientèle composée d’homme et de femme au comptant et à crédit.
Elle compte réaliser un bénéfice moyen de 73 000 FCFA par campagne.
Ce bénéfice lui permettra de payer d’une part son prêt et son intérêt et d’autre part aider son mari dans les dépenses quotidiennes de la famille.

Additional Information

Important Information

Soro Yiriwaso is a microfinance institution that works primarily in rural and semi-urban areas of Mali to provide underprivileged communities with access to financial services.The organization facilitates access for disadvantaged clients, particularly women, to new resources and services, fostering solidarity and cooperation among its clients. Kiva lenders’ funds will enable Soro Yiriwaso to expand its outreach and target even more underserved Malians involved in business and agriculture.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Mali

  • $1,100
    Average annual income
  • 36
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    Mali Loans Fundraising
  • $12,522,975
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 481.8
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Benkola 5 Group's $400 loan helped a member buy fertilizer, agricultural inputs and seeds, and pay for tilling.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
May 20, 2014
Jun 9, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 17, 2015