A loan of $675 helped a member to pay for plowing, seeds, fertilizer, herbicide, weeding and assorted supplies and equipment.

Djidiankola Bougoula I Group's story

The ten members of the group DJIDIANKOLA BOUGOULA I are married women who average 41 years of age and six children each. The women live for the most part in polygamous families in Kafla, a village of the Rural Commune of Banco, Prefecture of Dioïla, Region of Koulikoro (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). The group members are collaborating with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso with the goal of better organizing their work at the start of the off-season. The crops grown include rice and peanuts. The group members are on their first collaboration with the institution.

With this loan, MINATA, who is the third one standing, that is, in the middle of the photo, intends to buy farm inputs and assorted supplies and equipment and to pay for plowing and weeding to maintain about one hectare of rice and peanuts.

After the harvests, the produce is sold locally at the village market and at the markets of Banco and N’Golobougou. The customer base is composed of women and men. MINATA plans on making a profit of 100,000 francs CFA at the end of the planting season.

In this group: Sali, Waraba, Sata, Minata, Gnamatio, Gnamatio, Fatoumata, Mariam, Mariam, Dounamba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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