A loan of $1,125 helped a member to buy fertilizers and seeds, and cover plowing costs to exploit 1 hectare.


Benkadi Iii Group's story

The ten members of Benkadi III Group are married women who average 40 years of age and five children each. They all live in polygamous families in N'tena, a village in Keleya, third administrative region of Mali.

They work with Kiva's partner, Soro Yiriwaso, in order to carry out their farming activities during the rainy season. They are seeking their fifth farming loan from the MFI.

The crops they grow are peanut and okra, just like Maimuona, first woman standing from the left in the photograph. With this loan, she intends to buy fertilizers and seeds, and cover plowing costs to exploit 1 hectare.

After the harvest, the production is sold in Keleya, to a clientele comprising both resellers and consumers. Maimuona intends to turn an average profit of XOF 195'000 per planting, which will enable her to repay the loan, and also to help her husband cover daily expenses.

In this group: Sabou , Sali , Maimuona , Minata , Sokona , Fatoumata , Djenebafin , Rokia , Setou , Minata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann



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