A loan of $1,175 helped a member labor, seeds, fertilizer, herbicide, and weeding.

Ankatoallama 3 Group's story

Ankatoallama 3 is an association of nine women who are all married and who average 34 years of age and two children.  They all live in polygamous families in Soromana, a village of the sub-prefecture of Fakola, prefecture of Kolondièba in the third administrative region (Sikasso) of the Republic of Mali.  They know one another through ties of kinship and community. 

Following years of solidarity loans, all correctly repaid, they are now on their fourth farm loan (agricultural loan).  The three preceding ones were repaid. 

They intend to use this current loan for the costs of labor and weeding and for buying seeds, fertilizers, and herbicides.  They want to cultivate 15 hectares of millet, fonio, and peanuts and hope to have an average production of 2 tonnes per hectare, thus 30 tonnes. 

Part of the harvest will be sold at the different weekly fairs, and the rest will be for food.  The profit from the sale will be used to make loan interest payments, to cover the costs of schooling and healthcare for the children, and to buy wedding items and accessories for the daughters.

In this group: Soumba, Korotoumou, Minata , Adiarra , Kari , Wassa , Sali , Awa Moussa , Minata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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