A loan of $2,550 helped a member to buy soil amendments and seeds and pay for labor expenses.

Katiereton 3 Group's story

The members of the Katiereton 3 group are married men with an average age of 50. They have an average of six children each and all live in traditional families in Nimprodioula, a village in Sikasso, the third-largest administrative region in Mali.

They collaborate with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution to successfully carry out their agricultural activities during the winter period.

The crop grown by the group is corn. Chika Zegué, who is standing in the middle of the photo, plans to use his loan to buy soil amendments and seeds, and to pay labor expenses for work on five hectares of land.

The crops produced by the group’s members are sold in the village and at Sikasso market. Their customers are mainly resellers from the big cities. Chika Zegué hopes to make an average profit of 750,000 francs CFA per season. This profit would allow him to repay his loan, and also to help his large family with its daily expenses.

In this group: Chika Zegué, Idrissa, Mahamadou, Daouda, Kalifa N., Oumar, Noumoutie

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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