A loan of $2,100 helped a member buy fertilizer and herbicide, and pay for plowing.

Benkadi B Group's story

The ten members of the Benkadi B group are married women who on average are 43 years old with three children, living for the most part in traditional families in Zerlaba, a village in the Sikasso circle, the third administrative region of Mali.

They collaborate with the Soro Yiriwaso micro-finance institution in carrying out their farming activities during the rainy season. They are on their eighth agricultural loan cycle with the institution, and previous loans have been repaid in full.

The crop cultivated is rice featuring Mrs. Minata Yaya, who is standing in the first position from left to right in the photo of this Benkadi B group of women.

She will use her loan to buy four 50-kilo bags of fertilizer, four containers of herbicide, and pay plowing costs to maintain one hectare (about 2.47 acres).

After harvest the crop is sold at village level and in Sikasso, to a clientele composed of men and women, for cash and on credit.

She expects to make average profits of 140,000 CFA francs per crop year, which will enable her to pay off her loan and its interest, and help her husband with daily household expenses.

In this group: Minata Yaya , Adiara Drissa , Adiaratou Yafeni , Kafogo Amadou , Maratou Lassina , Maratou Nafanga , Mamine , Djenebou Hadi, Mamine Noumoutie, Madialia Diakalia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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