A loan of $2,025 helped a member to buy fertilizer and herbicide, and to pay the cost of labor.

Benkadi 5 Group's story

The ten members of the Benkadi 5 group are married women who, on average, are 46 years old and have three children. They mostly live in traditional families in Zerlaba, one of the villages in Sikasso, the third administrative region of Mali. They are collaborating with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to better carry out their farming activities during the rainy season. They are on their tenth loan, and their previous loans have all been repaid correctly.

Mariam Moussa, who is seated first from the right in the photo, grows groundnuts. With her loan, she plans to buy four 50-kilogram sacs of fertilizer and four drums of herbicide, and to pay the cost of labor to farm one hectare of land.

After the harvest, crops are sold in the village and in Sikasso to male and female customers for cash and credit.

Mariam Moussa hopes to earn an average profit of 140,000 francs CFA per harvest. These earnings will allow her to pay back her loan and its interest and help her husband with the daily expenses.

In this group: Sanata Mpere, Fanta Soungalo, Korotoumou Napagana, Flamousso Alassane, Abi, Natogoma Adama, Nasseta Oussa, Waraba, Kary Yacouba, Mariam Moussa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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