A loan of $1,075 helped a member buying fertilizer for grains, rice seeds, herbicides, and paying for labor.

Nyètaa 1 Group's story

The seven women of the Nyètaa 1 group are all married and living in big traditional families. Their average age is 41 and on average they have 4 children each. They live in the village of Balamissala, in the rural community of Sébougou, Ségou region (fourth administrative region of Mali), and they became acquainted because they are either in-laws, neighbors, or related to each other.

Wishing to expand their arable land, they came to Soro Yiriwaso and are on their second agricultural (seasonal) loan. Members of the group grow rice, "fonio" (a type of millet) and okra.

Mrs. Korotoumou C. wants to use her loan to buy 25 kg of rice seed, two sacks of fertilizer for grains, two tins of herbicide, and pay for labor to help her transplant the rice seedings and do the weeding in her fields. She buys her agricultural inputs at the weekly market in Sébougou and finds her laborers among the young people's association and the women of the village.

With 3.1 hectares, she hopes to produce 10 sacks of rice, 2 sacks of "fonio", and about 30 sacks of okra. Part of her production will be consumed by her family, whereas the rest will be sold to have money for household needs: condiments, school supplies, and health care for her children. Mrs. Korotoumou C., like the other women of the Nyètaa 1 group, aims to make the village self-sustaining in terms of food and be able to raise goats and sheep.

In this group: Nah, Korotoumou, Maïmouna, Awa, Djènèba, Oumou, Sata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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