A loan of $1,325 helped a member to pay for agricultural inputs and the cost of manual labor.

Jekadi E Group's story

The 10 women of the “Jekadi E” group belong to the Jekadi 1 association of Kapala. They are all married and live in traditional expanded families. They average 33 years of age, with at least four children. Their village is in Sikasso, third administrative region of Mali.

They cultivate sweet pea, a product very sought after by the local manufacturers, who turn it into juice and export it.

With the goal of making their agricultural activities profitable, two years ago the group member decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program.

Fatoumata plans to use her loan to purchase one bag of urea [fertilizers], two bags of complex cereals, and to sue the rest to cover costs of manual labor and weeding. The agricultural inputs will be bought at the big market of Sikasso. After the winter season, the harvested produce is stored until its value increases and it is then sol at the same market retail (often wholesale) to a diverse clientele.

Fatoumata plans to achieve a monthly income between 35,000 and 45,000 West African francs, which will be used to repay interest on her loan and cover everyday family expenses.

In this group: Sali, Nahawa, Kadiatou, Fatoumata, Chatou, Setou, Abi Tiemoko, Kadia Daouda, Awa Adama, Satou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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