A loan of $250 helped a member buying peanut seeds and paying for field hands.


Groupe 3 De Djekafo Togo's story

The five members of Group 3 of the association Djekafo of Togo are married women in large traditional families.  The women average 38 years of age and three children each and all live in the village of Togo, in the rural community of Sakoïba, region of Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali).  They know one another through ties of kinship, marriage, and community. 

With the goal of expanding their cultivated acreage and growing other crops in addition to millet over the wintertime, the group members turned to the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their second farm loan cycle.  They are going to grow millet, peanuts, and niébé(black-eyed peas).

Ms. Fatoumata Coumaré intends to use her loan for buying 50 kg of peanut seeds and recruiting laborers for plowing and weeding the peanut field.  She gets her supplies of seeds at the Konodimini fair.  Working an area of two hectares, she hope to produce 200 kg of niébé, ten sacks of peanuts, and some niébé stems to be baled.  The bales of stems are stocked and then sold during periods of shortages.

Part of the harvest is consumed at home, while the other part is stocked and sold a little at a time in order to manage the day-to-day expenses of the household.  Ms. Fatoumata Coumaré, like the other women in the group, has the goal of being self-sufficient in food for their households.

In this group: Maïmouna , Fatoumata , Mariama , Kadiata , Salimata
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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