A loan of $1,150 helped a member to buy fertilizers and seeds and pay plowing expenses during the farming season.


Benkadi I Group's story

The members of group Benkadi I are married women; they are on average 36 years old with four children. They all live in polygamous families in the city of Sikoro, in Kadiana Township, Kolondieba circle (one of the prefectures of Mali’s third administrative region). These women collaborate with micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso to farm their land in the rainy season. This is their ninth loan with the organization: all previous loans were paid back without problems. The cultivated species are rice and ground nuts for Adja, the third person standing, in the middle in the photo. With her loan, she is planning on buying fertilizers and seeds, as well as pay for the plowing of six acres of land. The production is sold in Kadiana after the harvest. Her clientele includes men and women. Adja is forecasting a profit of 140,000 XOF, which will allow her to pay back her loan and to help her husband with the household’s daily expenses.

In this group: Adja , Tenin Bakary, Chata Baba , Sitan , Fanta Broulaye, Mayatou , Awa , Mamine Baba, Sitan Seydou , Boukouri
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler



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