A loan of $1,025 helped a member to buy condiments.

Benkadi Group's story

The Benkadi Group consists of five women who are mostly married and live in polygamous households. They have an average age of 40 and five children. They all live in Daoudabougou one of the neighborhood in Bamako. They met through family and neighborhood ties and their income-generating businesses. The group members sell plastic shoes, precooked fonio, and millet flour. To restock their inventory for sale, the group members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first group loan. Ms. Kankou (sitting at the far left of the photo) enjoys a good reputation for the sale of tomatoes. She plans to use her loan to buy four bins of tomatoes. She buys her supplies in Medine and resells for cash and credit as a traveling saleswoman and sometimes by preorder to a clientele of mostly women. Ms. Kankou expects to earn an average monthly profit of 40,000 FCFA that will be used to pay for the education and healthcare of her children.

In this group: Kankou, Sitan, Saran, Nah, Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Frances Hsieh

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