A loan of $1,200 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs, seeds and small farming equipment.

Wolale Marakasso 1 Group's story

Wolale Marakasso 1 is a group of 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 extended families with their husbands, children and other relatives. They are on average 38 years old with at least five children.

They grow exclusively sesame. To make their crop-farming profitable, group members decided two years ago to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. Having successfully repaid previous loans, they are now on their second agricultural loan cycle.

Kadia, first sitting on the right with a black scarf, wants to use her portion of the loan to buy sesame seeds, small farming equipment and agricultural inputs at 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, retail (often in bulk) against cash mainly to customers coming from large towns.

After selling their agricultural products each member of the group hopes to achieve profits between 29,000 and 30,000 FCFA, which will be used to repay loan interests and cover ongoing family expenses.

In this group: Kadia, Alima, Fanta Bah, Djeneba, Sali, Bintou, Awa, Wassa, Djeneba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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