A loan of $400 helped a member purchase of cereals (rice and sorghum) and karité (shea) nuts.

Benkelema (Unity) Group's story

The four women of the Benkelema group (all married) have an average age of 32 and on average 2 children. They live in traditional families in Gongebougou, one of the villages of the Sous-prefecture of Loulouni, Kadiolo circle, third administrative region of the Republic of Mali (Sikasso).

They have various businesses, among others selling rice, couscous, and karité (shea) butter. They work together with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso so as to satisfy the needs of their clientele, and they are on their fourth group loan, all preceding loans having been repaid correctly.

With this new loan, they intend to buy 3 sacks of 100 kg of paddy rice to hull and sell, 4 sacks of 100 kg of sorghum to make into couscous for sale, and 2 sacks of 100 kg of karité (shea) nuts to sell or to make into shea butter. They do their buying in Gongebougou and the surrounding area. The merchandise is sold for cash or on credit in the markets of Dallen, Nimbougou and Loulouni on market days, to a clientele composed of men and women.

They each expect to make an average monthly profit of 12,000 F CFA of which part will be used for family needs and the rest will be reinvested in their businesses.

In this group: Kary, Dialia, Sali, Djeneba
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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