A loan of $1,350 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs, seeds and small farming equipment.

Wolale Marakasso 2 Group's story

Wolale Marakasso 2 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 43 years old with at least four children.

This group of women grow exclusively sesame. To make their crop-farming profitable, group members decided two years ago to join the Soro Yiriwaso loan program. They are now on their second agricultural loan cycle.

Kadia, first standing on the right with a scarf, wants to use her portion of the loan to buy a sufficient quantity of seeds, small farming equipment and agricultural inputs for crop-growing, at the general market in the town of 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 21,000 and 93,000 FCFA, which will be used to repay loan interests and cover ongoing family expenses.

In this group: Kadia, Hawa, Yoni, Minata, Kadidia, Alima, Sitan, Fanta, Mama, Dougouthio

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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