A loan of $950 helped a member purchase of agricultural entrants for their crops.

Djiguiya 2 De Kola (Koumantou) Group's story

This Djiguiya 2 group is made up of 10 married women, who have an average age of 36 with, on average, 5 children. They live in traditional extended (conjugal) families with their brothers, sisters, children and husbands, in the village of Kola, in the rural community of Koumantou, prefecture of Bougouni, Sikasso region, Republic of Mali.

They met through farming or through being related to each other by marriage. So as to improve their productivity, they decided to join the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso. They are on their third rural loan and both the preceding loans were correctly reimbursed. With this loan they intend to buy 25 sacks of fertilizer, of which 9 will be complex fertilizer and 16 sacks of urea to plant 3 hectares of maize, 1.5 hectares of sorghum, and 1 hectare of beans. The expected yield is 3.5 tons of maize, 1.5 tons of sorghum, and 1 ton of beans. The fertilizer is purchased from the merchants in Bougouni and from itinerant merchants at the market fairs of Koumantou. At the end of the harvest season, each of the women expects to make a profit of 50,000 F CFA, which they will invest in market gardening before the next major agricultural season.

In this group: Bintou, Djata, Korotoumou, Meyamou, Mariam, Chata, Mayamou, Fatoumata, Alima, Mamine

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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