A loan of $3,075 helped a member to buy rams to sell to earn a living for herself and her children.


Kantiembou Group's story

Pata is the one holding the ram's rope in the photo of the group. She is a 46-year-old married woman and mother of four children, ages 5 to 20, who don't attend school. She lives with her family in a rural area of Mali. Pata did not have the chance to go to school. To earn a living for herself and her children, she got involved in raising sheep. Her husband is a farmer.

Pata buys her sheep at the weekly markets in her area and resells them there at the same markets. Her business consists of buying small rams, raising them and selling them. She earns up to 20,000 CFA francs income per month. The profits help her to pay for her children's expenses.

Pata relies on the financial support of the microfinance institution RMCR to help her business prosper. The RMCR loan allows her to buy more livestock, more food and get proper veterinary care. Before, epidemics caused a lot of harm in the area, but these days they no longer exist. Pata would like to be a large animal farmer and wants to have more of them in her yard.

In this group: Kadia, Mariam, Kadia, Pata, Sata, Patouma, Djeneba, Djeneba, Aminata, Boussa, Hawa, Kadia, Sata, Yadia, Yassoum, Awa, Aminata, Marema, Boureima*
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Mary Lou Bradley


This loan is special because:

It empowers farmers and entrepreneurs in underserved areas in Mali.



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