The ten women of Fassodèmèton are all married in traditional families. They have an average age of 35 years and 2 children each. The women all live in the village of Fambougou in the Ségou region (the 4th administrative region of Mali.) They came to know each other through their seasonal farming businesses, as neighbors, by way of marriage and as relatives within the village.
The women of Fassodèmèton farm groundnuts, millet, and rice. With the goal of purchasing small equipment and to stock up on farming supplies, the members of the group partnered with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their third farming loan.
Wassa (the first woman seated from right to left in the photo) plans to use her loan to work her field, purchase seeds and fertilizer, and to pay young laborers to weed her field. The sale of her crops happens at the end of the rainy season to pay back her loan and ultimately to have funds to care for her children and her family.
Les dix femmes de Fassodèmèton sont toutes mariées dans les familles traditionnelles. Elles ont en moyenne 35ans et 2 enfants. Elles vivent toutes dans le village de Fambougou dans la région de Ségou (4ème région administrative du Mali). Elles se sont connues à travers leurs activités agricoles hivernales, des liens de voisinage, de mariage et de parenté dans le village. Elles font la culture d’arachide, du mil et du riz. Dans le but de s’acheter de petits equipements, de s’approvisionner en intrants agricoles, les membres du groupe ont connu Soro Yiriwaso et sont à leur 3ème cycle du prêt de campagne.
Madame Wassa (1ère femme assise de la droite vers la gauche dans la photo) compte utiliser son prêt pour labourer son champ, s’acheter des semences et d’engrais puis payer les jeunes pour sarcler son champ. La vente de ses produits agricoles se fait au comptant à la fin de l’hivernage pour payer son prêt et afin d’avoir de revenu pour prendre la charge des enfants, et une partie de celle de la famille.
Soro Yiriwaso is a microfinance institution that works primarily in rural and semi-urban areas of Mali to provide underprivileged communities with access to financial services.The organization facilitates access for disadvantaged clients, particularly women, to new resources and services, fostering solidarity and cooperation among its clients. Kiva lenders’ funds will enable Soro Yiriwaso to expand its outreach and target even more underserved Malians involved in business and agriculture.
This is a Group Loan
In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.
Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.