A loan of $1,125 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs, seeds and small equipment.

Moussodjeton 1 Group's story

The Moussodjeton 1 group is made up of married women from the village of Djalakoro in San, which lies in the Ségou region (the Republic of Mali's fourth administrative region). They live in traditional families, average 34 years of age with at least five children each. They grow groundnut, fonio and beans. With a view to making their farming activities profitable, the group members decided to join Soro Yiriwaso's loan program two years ago. Having repaid their previous loans without difficulty, they are now on their second farming loan.

Tenima, who is standing on the left of the photo and wearing a blue scarf, is going to use her loan to buy a sufficient quantity of groundnut and bean seeds, as well as small equipment and agricultural inputs at the large market in San. After the rainy season, the crops are stocked for a certain period of time in order for them to gain value before being sold at the large market in Kimparana and the surrounding markets, on a retail basis (but often wholesale too), for cash to a customer base coming generally from large towns.

The group members are expecting to make a profit of 15,000 to 65,000FCFA each once their produce has been sold; this will be used to repay interest on their loans and cover household running costs.

In this group: Tenima, Oumou, Awa Boucar, Nana, Ada, Assan, Kounadi Issa, Kounadi Almoudou, Awa, Alima

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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