A loan of $1,125 helped a member to buy seeds and fertilizer and pay for plowing costs.

Ankabenkelekan A Group's story

Ankabenkelekan A is a group of women from Fonfona. They know one another well and live in traditional large families which include their husbands, children, and other relatives. They are on average 42 years old, married, and have at least three children.

This group of women cultivates rice and groundnuts.

To increase the size of their property, the members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso’s lending program. They are on their eighth agricultural loan.
Mariam is a member of this group; she is sitting in the middle with her adz. She will produce groundnuts.

She is planning on using her loan to purchase seeds, get her plowing done, and buy fertilizer. She gets her products in Fonfona. After the harvest, she retails her cereals for cash from her house and at the market, to a clientele of men and women.

While other members of group Ankabenkelekan A are expecting to make an average profit of 80,000 XOF each during this cycle, Mrs. Mariam is counting on a profit of 1000, 000 XOF.

In addition to repaying their loans, they use some of their revenues to provide for personal and familial expenses.

In this group: Bah , Fatoumata , Mamou Kassou, Awa Zoumana , Rokia Salia , Mariam , Sitan Sabali , Mariam , Djelika Kassim , Tata Lamine

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler

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