A loan of $1,775 helped a member to purchase soil inputs and cover costs of labor.

Jiguisseme 1 Group's story

The Jiguisseme 1 group consists of married women from the village of Blendio in the former circle of Niéna, in the Sikasso region, which is the third administrative region of the Republic of Mali. The women live in large, traditional families extending to their children, husbands, parents-in-law, sisters-in-law, etc. Their average age is 34, and they have, on average, five children each.

They grow peanuts, rice and millet.

Hoping to make their agricultural work more profitable, the members of the Jiguisseme 1 group decided to take part in the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. The current loan will be used to purchase a sufficient quantity of seeds for peanuts and rice, as well as small equipment and soil inputs for cultivating the plants; these will be purchased exclusively at the large market of Blendio and the city of Nina. After wintering over, the harvests are stored for some time to build their value before being sold at the large market in Niéna and the surrounding markets. They are sold retail (and often wholesale), over the counter to customers who generally come from large cities.

The group president, Ternin, plans to use her loan to purchase one bag of urea and two bags of complex fertilizer, with the remaining amount going towards costs of labor, including hoeing. She is aiming for an average profit of between 50,000 and 60,000 CFA francs, which will be used to pay off interest on the loan and for her family’s day-to-day expenses.

In this group: Ternin , Maminata, Salimata , Fanta, Adiara , Ramata , Kadiatou , Djeneba , Bintou , Sitan

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Chelsea Rosendale

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