A loan of $1,225 helped a member purchase of entrants, seeds, and minor agricultural materials.

Ouyètiè 4 Group's story

Ouyètiè 4 is a group of married women from the village of Nitabogoro of the town of Koutiala, Sikasso region (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They live in big traditional families and are on average 32 with at least 4 children. They mainly excel in cultivating peanuts and millet.

With the intention of making their agricultural businesses profitable, the members of the Ouyètiè 4 group decided to join the loan program of Soro Yiriwaso two years ago. After having correctly reimbursed their first loan, they are on their second rural loan.

The present loan will be used to buy a sufficient quantity of peanut and millet seeds, other small necessities for farming, and entrants for these crops, in the big market of Koutiala. After the rainy season, the harvests are stocked for a certain period so that they have more value before being sold at the big market of Koutiala and in the surrounding markets, retail (often wholesale) and for cash to a clientele mostly coming from the big towns.

Each of the members of the Ouyètiè 4 group expects, after their crops are sold, to make an average profit of 65,000 F CFA which will be used to reimburse the loan and for current family expenses.

In this group: Ami, Léontinne, Anne Marie, Miata, Aramatou, Agatie, Rosali, Angel Simon, Assan, Angel Gaston

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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