A loan of $875 helped a member to buy peanut seeds, small materials, and fertilizers for the fields.


Jekafo 1 De Toura Kalaga Group's story

The JEKAFO 1 group is made of married women of the Toura Nabitokan village, in the city of SAN (Ségou Region, fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali), who live in traditional families. They average 45 years of age, and have at least 5 children. They grow peanuts.


Eager to make their agricultural businesses profitable, the members of the JEKAFO 1 group decided to join the loan program of Kiva's partner, Soro Yiriwaso, two years ago. After having repaid the previous loan without problems, they are now seeking their second farming loan.


This loan will be used to buy, exclusively at the grand market in Kimparana, a sufficient quantity of peanut seeds, small materials, and fertilizers for the fields. After the rainy season, the crops are stored for a while to gain market value, before being sold at the grand market in Kimparara and in the surrounding markets, retail (often wholesale) and for cash, to a clientele usually coming from the larger cities.


After selling their products, the members of the JEKAFO 1 group count on turning a profit of XOF 25000 to 20000 (ca US$ 55 to 45) each, to be used to repay the loan and to pay for the daily expenses of their families.

In this group: Setou , Kadiatou Moussa , Chata Adama , Alima Adama , Mariam Soungalo , Kadia Sali , Adiara Kassim , Chata Soungalo , Batoma Sidiki , Minata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann



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