A loan of $850 helped a member to buy farm supplies and seeds.

Jekabara I Group's story

The ten members of the group JEKABARA I are married women, and they average 29 years of age and four children each living for the most part in polygamous families in ZANGABOUGOU, a village in the Commune of LOULOUNI, in the sub-prefecture of LOULOUN (3rd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). The women are collaborating with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to carry out their farm work during the winter. They are on their fourth loan with this institution. The past loans have been properly repaid.

The crops grown are: sweet peas and peanuts, as is the case with MAWA. With her loan she intends to buy some farm supplies and the seeds for maintaining 1.5 hectares. The produce is sold in villagea, at the DALLEN village market and at the LOULOUNI market. The customer base is comprised of women and men.

MAWA plans on making an average profit of 62,500 francs CFA per planting. This profit will enable her to repay her loan and also to help her husband with day-to-day expenses.  She would like to maintain this collaborating with Soro Yiriwaso to make use of a larger arable plot, so as to derive more.

In this group: Mawa , Anchitan , Machitan , Kadiatou , Aminata , Kary , Awa , Adiara , Fatoumata , Kary Drissa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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