A loan of $625 helped a member to buy seeds and farm inputs and to recruit labor.


Djèkafo 1 Group's story

The ten members of the group Djèkafo 1 are married women living for the most part in large traditional families. The women average 54 years of age and five children each. They all live in the village of Sirakorobougou in the Rural Commune of Sanando, in the 4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali (Segou).  They know one another through ties of kinship, marriage, and community.

With the goal of acquiring farm inputs for use during the off-season and the male labor for helping them with plowing and weeding, the group members turned toward the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their first farm loan cycle. The crops grown by the group members are peanuts, millet, and black-eyed peas.

Ms. Assitan (the first woman standing from the left in the photo) intends to use her loan to buy 2 sacks of urea and 30 kg of peanut seeds and to recruit male laborers to help with the work of plowing and weeding. Supplies of farm inputs come from the Tissala market, and the labor comes from a youngsters association in the village.

With 2 hectares of land, she hopes to produce 10 sacks of peanuts, 5 sacks of millet, 3 sacks of black-eyed peas, and some dried fodder. Part of the produce is consumed at home. The rest, plus the fodder from the black-eyed peas, will be sold to ensure the children’s needs are met at home each day.

Ms. Assitan, just like the other women in the group Djèkafo 1, has the goal of ensuring self-sufficiency in their village.

In this group: Minata , Fatoumata , Siya , Bintou , Bah Soumanè , Assitan , Nana , Djènèba Mari , Maïmouna , Kadia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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