A loan of $1,250 helped a member to buy fresh fish.


Benkadi Group's story

This Benkadi Group consists of four women who are mostly married and living in monogamous households. They have an average age of 29 and three children. They all live in Kalaban Adekene, one of the neighborhoods in Bamako. They met through neighborhood savings groups and their income-generating activities. The group members run businesses, including selling fish, ornaments, and condiments. To increase their working capital, the group members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first group loan. Ms. Djeneba (sitting second from left to right in the photo) enjoys a good reputation for the sale of fresh fish. She plans to use her loan to buy 90 kg of fish. She buys her supplies in the river area and resells for credit in Kalaban Adekene to a clientele of mostly women. Ms. Djeneba expects to earn an average monthly profit of 80,000 FCFA that will be used to meet the needs of her children and reinvested in her business. Ms. Djeneba is depending a lot on the partnership with Soro Yiriwaso to achieve her goal of growing her business.

In this group: Rose , Moussokoura , Astan , Djénèba
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Frances Hsieh



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