A loan of $750 helped a member to buy inputs, seeds, small equipment, and to pay for labor costs.

Djekafoton 1 Group's story

The DJEKAFOTON 1 group consists of married women from the village of DAKOURA in the SAN region of SEGOU, the fourth largest administrative region of Mali. They live in traditional families. Their average age is 47 and they have at least 9 children. They cultivate peanuts, millet, and okra. In order to make their farms profitable, the members of the group decided to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program two years ago. After fully repaying their prior loan, they are on their second loan. The current loan for BINTOU, the first person seated at the left, in a red t-shirt, will be used to pay for a sufficient quantity of peanut seeds, labor costs of plowing, small equipment, and agricultural inputs for cultivation, at the main market in city of SAN. After the rainy season, the harvest will be stored for a certain period of time so that it has value before being sold at the main market of SAN and at other nearby markets. Sales are retail (often wholesale), in cash, to customers who usually come from large cities. The members of the group intend to each make, after the distribution and sale of their agricultural products, a profit of 18000 to 40000 FCFA which will be used to pay the interest on the loan and household expenses.

In this group: Djeneba, Kariya, Nana, Konimba, Sitan, Bintou, Djara, Djeneba, Korotimi, Alima

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Frances Hsieh

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