A loan of $725 helped a member to buy peanut seeds and to use manual labor for laboring, hoeing and harvesting.

Tièssiri 2 Group's story

Predominantly married in large polygamous families, the seven members of the group Tièssiri 2 are on average 29 years old, have 2 children and all live in the village of Siradjankoro in the rural commune of Pelengana in the region of Ségou (4th administrative region of Mali). They know one another through marital, neighborhood and parental ties. With the goal of increasing their cultivable land, they appealed to Soro Yiriwaso and are on their 1st farm loan. The members of the group are going to cultivate millet, peanuts, sesame and fonio (a type of millet produced in Mali). Mrs. Minata Traoré expects to use her loan to buy 25 kg of peanut seeds and to recruit the manual labor for the labor, weeding, and harvesting in the different cultivated plots of land. She refreshes her supply of agricultural seeds at the fair in Cinzana Gare and gets her manual labor from an association of young people and women from the village. With 1.5 hectares of land, Mrs. Minata Traoré expects to produce 20 bags of peanuts and 7 bags of fonio. A part of the fonio and peanuts produced is ordinarily consumed by the family itself or used during marriage ceremonies, baptism and funerals, while the rest will be sold to meet the needs of the household in condiments, the cares of their children's house, and other things. Mrs. Minata Traoré like the other women of the group, has the objective of dietary self-sufficiency in the village.

In this group: Alimata, Neh, Oumou, Hawa, Ba Oumou, Rokia, Minata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Martha Schmitz

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