A loan of $1,100 helped a member buy various items.


Benko Group's story

The Benko group consists of seven married women who on average are 41 years old with five children. They live in nuclear families in the Medine neighborhood of the city of Bougouni.

They became acquainted through neighborhood ties, friendship and commerce. To strengthen their financial capacity to improve their business, they joined the Soro Yiriwaso institution where they are on their second loan. The previous loan has been repaid in full.

This group of women are retail merchants of various items like Awa, who is the woman sitting in front in the photo.

She intends to use her loan to buy 6 cartons of soap, 4 lengths of pagnes (colorful West-African fabric) and twenty full sets of children's clothing from wholesalers in Bougouni. She conducts her retail sales at the market and at home, for cash and on credit, to a mixed clientele.

She expects to attain average monthly profits of 15,000 CFA francs, to be reinvested in the business and used to repay the loan.

In this group: Awa, Mariam, Sali, Salimata, Sitan, Mama, Batoma
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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