A loan of $675 helped a member to pay for plowing, seeds, manure, herbicides, weeding, and assorted equipment.

Tiessiri Ii Group's story

The group TIESSIRI II is composed of ten married women who average 34 years of age and four children each. The women live for the most part in polygamous families in Koula, a village in the Rural Commune of Banco, Prefecture of Dioïla, Region of Koulikoro (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They are collaborating with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso with the goal of organizing their businesses better at the start of the off-season. The crops grown are rice and peanuts.

The group members are now on their first collaboration with the institution. With this initial loan, YAMA TAHIROU, who is the second person sitting from the left in the photo, intends to buy inputs and assorted equipment and to pay the cost of plowing and weeding for maintaining about 0.5 hectare of peanuts. After the harvest, the produce is sold at the markets of Baou, Koula, Banco, and N’Golobougou. The customer base is composed of women and men. YAMA TAHIROU plans on making an average profit of about 60,000 francs CFA at the end of the planting season.

In this group: Salimata, Djeneba, Awa, Djeneba, Djeneba, Salimata, Yama Seydou, Ramatou, Yama Tayirou, Chitan

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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