Total loan: $850

Djekabaara 1 Group

Sontiguila, , Mali / Agriculture

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A loan helped To buy farming inputs, purchase small equipment, and pay for manual labour costs.

Djekabaara 1 Group's story

The six members of the Djekabaara 1 Group are married women who are, on average, 53 years old with 5 children. They live for the most part in polygamous households in Sontiguila, one of the villages in the Dioïla prefecture in Koulikoro, the 2nd administrative region of Mali. They work with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso (one of Kiva's field partners) with the goal of better organizing their businesses at the start of the rainy season. The crops they cultivate include, among others, peanuts, pearl millet, and beans. They are on their first farming loan. With this new loan, Adama F. (one of the women in the group) intends to buy farming inputs before prices go up, to purchase small equipment, and to pay for labour costs to maintain about 1 hectare of pearl millet and beans. The products are sold in the town of Nangola, its surrounding areas, and in the city of Dioïla after the harvest to a clientele composed of men and women. They intend to realize an average profit of 30,000 FCFA per campaign. The women of the Djekabaara 1 Group are satisfied with their collaboration with Soro Yiriwaso and are fully confident that their farming during the rainy season will progress well.

Translated from French by Vilas Menon, Kiva Volunteer