A loan of $750 helped a member to buy groundnut seeds, urea fertilizer, herbicide and to recruit workers.

Djèkafo 2 Group's story

The ten women of group Djèkafo 2 are in their majority married in large traditional families. They are on average 37 years old with three kids. They all live in the village of Sirakorobougou in the rural township of Sanando, Mali's fourth administrative region (Segou). They got to know each other through bonds of kinship, marriage and neighborship.
In order to have available agricultural intrants available during the rainy season and to get help for the plowing and weeding by recruiting male workers, they contacted Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first agricultural loan cycle. The species cultivated by the group's members are groundnuts, millet and black-eyed peas.
Mrs. Alimata (the first woman sitting all the way to the right in the picture) plans on using her loan to buy one bag of urea fertilizer, one liter herbicide, 25 kilos groundnut seeds and to recruit men to do her plowing. She gets her agricultural intrants from the fair in Tissala and hire workers from the village's youth association. With her five acres, she is hoping to produce 15 bags of groundnuts, five bags of millet, two bags of black-eyed peas and the beans' greens. Over half of her production is eaten in the household, with the remainder and the pea greens sold to provide for the household's small expenses.

In this group: Kadiatou M, Salimata, Rokia, Fatoumata S, Djènèba, Kadia M, Alimata, Batou, Dodo, Djènèba V

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Charlotte Buecheler

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