A loan of $1,300 helped a member to purchase seeds, manure, herbicide, and sundry equipment and to pay for plowing and weeding.

Tiessiri I Group's story

The ten members of the group "TIESSIRI I" are married women averaging 43 years of age and three children each. The women live for the most part in polygamous families in Baba, a village in Commune de Massigui, in Préfecture de Dioîla, Région de Koulikoro (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They are collaborating with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso with the goal of organizing their work better at the start of the rainy season. The crops grown include peanuts, rice, and some millet. The women are in their seventh collaboration with the institution.

With this loan, Doussou, who is first person standing from the left in the photo, intends to purchase farm inputs and sundry equipment and to pay for plowing for maintaining about 0.5 hectares of rice and peanuts.

After the harvest, the produce is sold in Massigui City to a customer base composed of men and women. She envisions making a profit of about 25,000 francs CFA per planting.

In this group: Doussou, Djokoura, Bene, Fatou, Sokoura, Sorofe, Chitan, Matou, Djeneba, Matou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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