A loan of $1,550 helped a member to pay plowing costs and buy agricultural fertilizers and seeds.

Kotognogontala 5 Group's story

Group Kotognogontala 5's ten members are married women who are on average 37 years old with four children. Most of them live in polygamous families in Fachoribougou, one of the villages of Kaboila Township in Sikasso prefecture (Mali's third administrative region).
They collaborate with microfinance organization Soro Yiriwaso to carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their eighth loan with the organization, previous loans having been repaid successfully.
The species they cultivate are tomatoes and jakatou for Abi, who is standing up on the right. With her loan, she intends on paying plowing costs and buy fertilizers and seeds to cultivate 2.5 acres.
After the harvest, production is sold at the village level and at the Sikasso market to a clientele composed of men and women. She is counting on an average profit of 65,500 FCFA per agricultural cycle. This benefit will allow her to repay her loan and to also help her husband with daily expenses.
She wishes to maintain this collaboration with Soro Yiriwaso in order to operate an even larger cultivation space, the better to increase her profits.

In this group: Abi , Minata , Bintou, Safiatou , Anchata Sebou , Djelika, Awa , Barakissa , Saran , Mariam
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler

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