A loan of $1,000 helped a member labor, fertilizer, herbicide, weeding and sundry supplies and equipment.

Dabawara 1 De (Dabawara Tingolé) Group's story

The ten members of the group DABAWARA 1 of the association DABAWARA are all married women who average 46 years of age and 4 children. The women live in polygamous families in TINGOLE, a leading rural community in FANA subprefecture (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

They are collaborating with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso to carry out their winter-time activities. The crops are peanuts and sorghum. The group is now on its fifth collaboration, and the past loans have indeed been settled.

With this new loan, the group members intend to buy fertilizer, herbicide, and minor supplies and equipment and to cover the cost of weeding and labor for maintaining 23 hectares.

A portion of their production is consumed at home. The other portion is sold after the harvests to customers composed of men and women in Marka-Coungo and Fana.

The group members plan on realizing an average profit of 25,000 francs CFA after the planting campaign.

In this group: Tenin, Maramou, Niamakolo, Djenebou, Djeneba Koniba, Sali, Fanta, Maramou, Bintou, Batou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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