A loan of $1,025 helped a member plowing, seeds, fertilizer, herbicide, and weeding.

Ankadjidia 2 De (Ankadjidia De Zoha) Group's story

The 10 women of the ANKADJIDIA 2 group are all married and live in Zoha, a village in the Sous-Prefecture of Fakola, Prefecture of Kolondièba in the third region (Sikasso) of the Republic of Mali. They have an average age of 25, 2 children each on average, and live in polygamous families. They met due to bonds of kinship and neighborhood.

When Soro Yiriwaso began to give rural loans which correspond to their work as farmers, these women seized the opportunity. They are on their fourth rural loan, and the three preceding ones were correctly reimbursed.

They want to use this new loan to pay for plowing and weeding, and to buy seeds, fertilizer, and herbicides. They want to plant 5 hectares of peanuts, rice, and millet. These women hope to have an average harvest of 2 tons per hectare, or 10 tons in all. A part of the harvest will be sold in the various weekly markets and the rest destined for consumption.

The profit, estimated at 60,000 F CFA per woman after their sales, will be used to reimburse the interest on the loan, cover school fees, for the health expenses of their children, and for buying wedding trousseaus for their daughters.

In this group: Setou, Sali Broulaye, Batoma, Fatoumata A ., Fatoumata Siè, Diatou Konimba, Sali Kèlèba, Kotité, Maminè, Biba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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