A loan of $1,550 helped a member to buy seeds, entrants, and other agricultural supplies.

Jekadi A Group's story

The 10 women from the group called JEKADI A are members of the Association JEKADI I of KAPALA in SIKASSO (third administrative region of Mali). They are all married and live in big traditional extended families with their children, husbands, parents-in-law, sisters-in-law, etc. They are 33 years old on average and have at least four children.

They grow Bambara and sugar peas, as does TENIN. Wishing to make their agricultural endeavors profitable, the members of the group decided to join the loan program of Soro Yiriwaso two years ago.

TENIN intends to use her portion of the loan to buy a sufficient quantity of pea seeds, entrants, and appropriate equipment for cultivation and harvest. The equipment and entrants will be purchased at the big open-air market of Sikasso. After the rainy season is over, the harvest is stockpiled for a certain time so that its value increases before it is sold retail (often wholesale) at the big market of the same town to various customers.

TENIN expects to make an average profit of 80,000 to 120,000 F CFA which will be used to reimburse the interest on the loan and for everyday family expenses.

In this group: Sali, Tenin, Fatoumata, Mariam, Madjouma, Mariam, Dialia, Kari, Fatoumata, Kadia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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