A loan of $1,525 helped a member pay for tillage, seed, fertilizer, herbicide, weeding and small equipment.

Fassokounawolo I Group's story

The ten members of the FASSOKOUNAWOLO I group are married women who on average are 46 years of age with four children. Most of them live in polygamous families in Koba, a village in the municipality of Massigui, part of the Dioïla prefecture belonging to Koulikoro, which is the second administrative region of Mali.

They work with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution in order to better organize their early winter activities. The crops cultivated include groundnuts, rice and a little mil. They are entering their seventh collaboration with the institution.

With this loan Sata Maro, the second person standing from the right, plans to buy inputs, small equipment, and pay for labor to maintain around five hectares (about 12.5 acres) of rice and groundnuts.

After harvesting, the crops are sold in the town of Massigui, to a clientele composed of men and women. She expects profits of around 125,000 FCFA per growing season.

In this group: Mamou , Karidia , Gnessou , Sata Maro, Sata Yacouba , Diarah , Tenin , Terefe , Mariam , Kourani

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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