A loan of $1,150 helped a member to buy cereal fertilizer, seed, and to pay for labour for field work and harvesting.

Groupe 2's story

The eight members of Group 2 (of the Association of Badenya of Zambougou Fouta) are married women in large traditional families, who are on average 40 years old with four children. They all live in the village of Zambougou Fouta in the Tesserela commune of the Ségou region (the fourth administrative region of Mali), and met through family ties. In order to increase their cultivated areas, they have approached Soro Yiriwaso and are requesting their first loan. The group's members will grow peanuts, millet and black-eyed peas.

Mrs. Maïmouna C. plans to use her loan to buy two bags of cereal fertilizer, 30 kg of peanut seeds, 5 kg of black-eyed pea seeds and to hire labourers who will work and harvest the crop in her peanut fields. She stocks up on her supplies at the Gouassola market and hires field hands through the village youth association. She has 4 hectares of land that she hopes will produce 30 bags of peanuts, 3 bags of millet, 3 bags of black-eyed peas, and some fodder. The leaves of the black-eyed peas are harvested, baled, dried and warehoused. These are then sold along with the black-eyed peas and a portion of the peanut harvest to provide for the day to day expenses of the household, while the rest of the peanuts and the millet will feed the family. Mrs. Maïmouna C., like the other women in Group 2, has a long term plan to raise animals in order to buy her agricultural supplies.

In this group: Binta, Maïmouna, Satou, Minta, Sitan, Djènèba, Kadia, Yama

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Eileen Jessop

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