A loan of $1,650 helped a member to buy honey for resale.

Benkan Group's story

The eight members of the 'Benkan' Group are all married and live in monogamous households. They are, on average, 39 years old and have six children. The women all live in Daoudabougou, a district of Bamako, and know one another through neighbourhood and family ties, and their work. They sell honey, food ingredients and clothes.

In order to increase their stocks of product, the group members have decided to work with the field partner, Soro Yiriwaso. This will be their first group loan.

Kadiatou (standing on the far right in the photo) is a successful honey seller. She plans to use her loan to buy 80 litres of honey from the villages surrounding Bamako. She will then retail it on foot, for cash or on credit. Sometimes she takes orders. Her customers are both men and women.

Kadiatou expects to achieve a monthly average profit of 40,000 francs CFA, which she will use to provide for the healthcare costs of her children. Her long term objective is to use this partnership with Soro Yiriwaso to increase the size of her business.

In this group: Malado, Fatoumata, Ténédjè, Awa, Assan, Aïchata, Awa, Kadiatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder

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