A loan of $875 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs, seeds, and small farming equipment.

Noupagagnon 1 Group's story

Noupagagnon 1 is a group of married women from the village of Kafono, part of the San prefecture in the Ségou region (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They live in traditional families and are on average 31 years old with at least four children.

They mainly grow peanuts. To make their farming profitable, members of the Noupagagnon 1 group decided two years ago to join the Soro Yiriwaso credit program. Having successfully repaid the previous loan, they are now on their second agricultural loan.

Portio, who is the president and is the first person standing on the right with a green scarf, wants to buy peanuts for planting, small farming equipment and agricultural inputs at the general market in Kimparana.

After the rainy season, crops are stored for a while so that they can gain value before being resold at the general market in Kimparana and in surrounding markets, mainly retail for cash to customers usually from large cities.

After selling their agricultural products each member of the group hopes to achieve profits between 21,000 and 23,000 FCFA, which will be used to repay loan interests and cover ongoing family expenses.

In this group: Portio, Nema, N’Tene, Hawa, Kilimpa, Abigali, Segueton, Marta, Kampere, Napougnon

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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