A loan of $800 helped a member to purchase fertilizer, seeds, and pay workers.


Badenya Ton 3 Group's story

The Badenya Ton 3 group is made up of eight married women, most of whom live in large traditional families. They have an average age of 38 years and an average of 4 children and all live in the village of Farabougou in the rural commune of Tesserla in the Ségou region (4th administrative region of Mali). They know each other through marriage, kinship, and neighborly ties. In order to increase their crop size and diversify the kinds of crops grown, they have turned to Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first seasonal loan. The group members will grow peanuts, millet, and sesame. Known for her impressive peanut production, Mrs. Djouma D. plans on using the loan to buy 50 kg of peanut seeds and 3 sacks of grains, and to pay for workers to weed and harvest the peanuts. She buys seeds at the market in Gouassola and she employs men from her village to work in the fields. On 3.2 hectares of land, she plans to harvest: 30 sacks of peanuts and 4 sacks of millet. The millet and a portion of the peanuts will be kept for the group's families, while the rest will be sold at the Ségou market to a mixed client base. The profits will be used to take care of children's schooling costs as well as household expenses. Mrs. Djouma D.'s goal is to buy agricultural materials that will be able to lessen the expenses incurred from working her fields.

In this group: Mamou , Djouma , Tara , Alimata , Rokiatou , Aminata , Djenebou Seydou , Korotimi
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Manuel Carreiro



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