A loan of $625 helped a member to pay for labor, seeds, fertilizer and weedkiller.


Djiguisseme Iii Group's story

The six members of the Djiguisseme III group are married women who average 32 years of age and have an average of three children each. The majority of them live in polygamous families in Fala, one of the villages in the municipality of Massigui, in the prefecture of Dioïla, which lies in Koulikoro, Mali's second administrative region.

They collaborate with the microfinance institution, Soro Yiriwaso, with the aim of better organising their activities at the beginning of the rainy season. They grow millet, rice and groundnut. They are on their sixth loan from the institution.

With this new loan, Sétou, who is sitting in the middle, is planning to buy farm inputs and pay labor costs necessary to maintain around one hectar of rice and groundnut.

The produce is sold once harvested in the town of Massigui to a customer base made up of men and women. She is planning to make an average profit of around 40,000FCFA at the end of the season.

In this group: Minata , Mariam , Karatou , Fatoumata , Sétou , Mariam Bourama
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras



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