A loan of $500 helped a member to buy inputs and seeds and pay for labor for the farming season.

Benkadi 1 Group's story

The members of the Benkadi1 group are married women, who average 36 years of age with four children each; they all live in polygamous families in Wakoro, in the Kolondieba municipality, one of the prefectures in Mali's third administrative region. They collaborate with the microfinance institution, Soro Yiriwaso, so that they can run their farming activities smoothly during the winter season. They are on their second loan with the institution and the previous loans have been repaid in full.

Awa, who is standing on the far left of the photo, grows groundnut and corn. With her loan, she is planning to buy inputs and seeds as well as to pay for labor to farm 1,5 hectares of land. Once harvested, the produce is sold in Kolondiebla to a customer base made up of men and women. She is expecting to make a profit of 110,000FCFA, which will allow her to repay her loan and also help out her husband with the daily outgoings.

In this group: Awa, Djeneba , Fatoumata, Natou , Awa , Rokia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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