A loan of $1,875 helped a member to pay for the costs of labor, agricutlural inputs and seeds.

Kotognogontala 1 Group's story

The 10 members of the Kotognogontala group are married women averaging 38 years of age, with four children, and living for the most part in polygamous families in Fachoribougou, a village in the community of Kaboila, prefecture of Sikasso (the third administrative region of Mali).
They collaborate with the microfinance institution Soro Yiniwaso in order to ensure success of their agricultural activities during the winter season.
They are on their eighth loan with the institution. Past loans have been duly reimbursed. They cultivate tomatoes and "jakatou" [a vegetable belonging to the eggplant family], as, for example, Fanta does. She is the first one standing on the right in the photo.

With this loan she plans to pay the costs of manual labor, buy agricultural inputs and seeds in order to cultivate 2 hectares [5 acres] of land. The produce is sold in their village as well as at the market of Sikasso, to a customer base composed of both men and women. She plans to achieve a monthly income of 145,500 per agricultural cycle. This income will allow her to pay her loan and to help her husband with everyday expensive. She would like to continue this collaboration with Soro Yiriwas on order to cultivate a larger plot and increase her income.

In this group: Fanta, Djaratou, Mamou, Fatoumata Daouda, Mawa, Mamouna, Kadia, Kadia, Wadjata, Djenebou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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