A loan of $1,000 helped a member to buy various items for re-sale.

Benkadi Group's story

The women of the Benkadi group have an average age of 37 years and on average, 4 children. All are married and most live in polygamous families in the Bamanan Kin Kirango neighborhood of Markala, prefecture of Ségou (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They have known each other since they were children, grew up together, and remained close even after their marriages, in the same neighborhood. They are all members of a traditional association called Faïda. They learned about Soro Yiriwaso from the general assembly of artisans of the Markala community, during which all the women's associations convene.

After having reimbursed their preceding loans, the group is on their 4th loan which will be used to buy 1 sack of cucumbers, 2 cases of plantains, 1 sack of oranges, 1/2 sack of lemons, 1 sack of roots of doum palms, and 6 cases of soap. These products are bought once a week at the market fair of Diamarabougou. Besides these items, they sell beans, condiments, and jars and storage pots made in Kounkobougou and specially delivered to the homes of saleswomen in Kirango.

These products are sold for cash and on credit to a clientele composed of women and men. They expect to make an average profit of 22,000 F CFA which will be used to make repayments on the loan, save money in traditional associations, and dress their children. Their ambition is to have a house to live in.

In this group: Kadiatou , Koni , Alima , Bintou , Djenebou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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