A loan of $825 helped a member plowing, seed, fertilizer, herbicide, and weeding.

Ankadjidia 3 De (Ankadjidia De Zoha) Group's story

The 8 women of the ANKADJIDIA 3 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, 3 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 4 hectares of peanuts, rice, and millet with an average production estimated at 2 tons per hectare, or 8 tons in all. A part of the harvest will be sold in the various weekly markets and the rest destined for consumption.

The profit from their sales will be used to reimburse the loan, cover school fees, for the health expenses of their children, and for buying wedding trousseaux for their daughters.

In this group: Mamou Yaya , Fanta , Mamou Djoratiè , Ramatou , Dioba , Balakissa , Masseni , Minata Karim

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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