A loan of $775 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs, seeds and small farming equipment.

Wolale Bamana 3 Group's story

The Wolale Bamana 3 group consists of ten married women from the village of Cinzara in the San prefecture of Ségou (fourth administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They live in traditional families and are on average 39 years old with at least five children.

They grow peanuts, fonio (a West-African cereal) and sesame. To make their crop-farming profitable, group members decided three years ago to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. Having successfully repaid previous loans, they are now on their third agricultural loan cycle.

Konimba, who is the first standing on the left wearing an off-white dress, wants to use her portion of the loan to buy fonio seeds and peanuts for planting, small farming equipment and agricultural inputs for crop-growing, from the general market in San.

After the rainy season, crops are stored for a while so that they can gain value before being resold at the general market in San, Dah and in surrounding markets, mostly retail (often in bulk) against cash to a customer base coming from large towns.

After selling their agricultural products each member of the group hopes to achieve profits between 15,000 and 69,000 FCFA, which will be used to repay loan interests and cover ongoing family expenses.

In this group: Setio, Konimba, Setou, Tiantio, Fanta, Awa, Djeneba, Korotoumou, Konimba, Naomy

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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