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Benko Group
In this Group: Awa , Mariam , Doussou , Adam , Nakou
The group Benko is composed mostly of married women in polygamous households who live with their husband and children. The woman average 44 years of age and seven children, all living in the village of Kanadjiguila, in Commune du Mandé, Cercle de Kati. And they know one another through community ties. The group members have small-scale businesses involving firewood, condiments, peanut butter, and cosmetic products.

With the goal of increasing their capital, the group members decided to collaborate with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their second solidarity loan cycle.

Ms. Adam (the woman sitting at the far left in the photo) is famous for selling firewood. She intends to use her loan to purchase 2 truck loads of wood from the villages surrounding Bamako. Her sales are made at the retail level to a mixed customer base in Kanadjiguila.

With this loan, Ms. Adam hopes to make an average monthly profit of 110,000 francs CFA that will be used for reinvesting in her business. Her goal is to purchase a plot of residential land through this Soro Yiriwaso relationship.
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Le groupe Benko est majoritairement composé des femmes mariées dans des ménages polygamiques vivant avec leurs maris et leurs enfants. Elles ont en moyenne 44 ans et 7 enfants. Elles habitent toutes dans le village de kanadjiguila dans la commune du Mandé / cercle de Kati et se sont connues à travers des liens de voisinage. Les membres du groupe font le petit commerce, du bois de chauffage, de condiments, de pâtes d’arachides et de produits cosmétiques. Dans le but d’augmenter leurs fonds de commerce, les membres du groupe ont décidé de collaborer avec Soro Yiriwaso et sont à leur 2ème cycle de prêt solidaire.
Madame Adam (femme arrêtée à l’extrême gauche sur la photo) a une grande réputation dans la vente du bois de chauffage. Elle compte utiliser son prêt pour acheter 2 chargements de camionnette de bois dans les villages environnants de Bamako. La revente se fait en détails à Kanadjiguila et à une clientèle mixte. Madame Adam espère réaliser avec ce prêt un bénéfice mensuel moyen de 110 000 FCFA qui sera utilisé, pour être réinvesti dans l’activité. Elle a pour objectif d’acheter un lot à usage d’habitation dans cette relation avec Soro Yiriwaso.

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
  • 47
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    Mali Loans Fundraising
  • $11,969,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 484.3
    Communauté Financière Africaine Francs BCEAO (XOF) = $1 USD