A loan of $1,575 helped a member purchase of intrants, seed, and minor agricultural materials.

Djidja 2 .1 Group's story

Djidja 2. 1 is a group of married women from the village of Siguémona, town of Koutiala (third administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They live in big traditional extended families and have an average age of 50 and at least 6 children. They cultivate principally rice, with peanuts as a secondary crop.

With the intention of making their agricultural businesses profitable, the members of the Djidja 2 .1 group decided to join the loan program of Soro Yiriwaso four years ago. After having correctly reimbursed the three preceding loans, they are on their fourth rural loan.

This loan will be used to buy rice seedlings, peanut seeds, minor material and intrants for their crops at the markets of
Zansoni, M’pessoba, and Fonfona. After the rainy season, the harvests are stockpiled for a certain time so that they gain in value before being sold at the market of M’pessoba and of Koutiala, retail and wholesale, for cash, to a clientele generally coming from the big cities.

Each of the members of the Djidja 2 .1 group expects to make, after their crops have been sold, a profit of 85,000 F CFA which will be used to reimburse the loan and for current family expenses.

In this group: Sayon, Djénéba Tièmoko, Fanta Madou, Kadiatou, Worodjè, Massitan, Setou Adama, Mariam Sékou, Djénéba Moctar, Minata Kariba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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