A loan of $975 helped a member to pay for plowing costs and to buy agricultural inputs (such as fertilizers and seeds).

Alla Kan Soutra. Group's story

The nine members of group Alla Kan Soutra are married women who are on average 41 years old with five children; most of them live in polygamous families in Batiemogobougou, one of the villages of Loulouni Township in Loulouni sub-prefecture, Mali's third administrative region.
They are partnering with micro-finance organization Soro Yiriwaso to manage their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their third loan with the organization. Previous loans well successfully repaid.
Aminata, who is standing in the middle in the picture, cultivates groundnuts. With her loan, she plans on paying for fertilizer and seeds to maintain five acres. After the harvest, the crop is sold in the village and at markets in Dallen and Loulouni, to a clientele comprising men and women.
She expects an average profit of about 165,000 CFA at the end of the agricultural cycle. This profit will help her pay back her loan and support her husband with daily expenses.
She wishes to continue this partnership with Soro Yiriwaso to operate an even larger cultivation space, the better to increase her revenues.

In this group: Fatoumata , Aminata , Adiara , Dialia , Djenebou , Adiaratou , Afou , Fatoumata Siaka , Mah

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler

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