A loan of $1,125 helped a member pay for labor, agricultural intrants and seeds.

Tièssiri Vi Group's story

The nine members of the Tiessiri VI group are married women who are on average 41 years old with five children, all living in polygamous families in Tiébiziédougou, one of the villages of Kadiolo, in the third administrative region of Mali.

They work with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution to carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their third loan with the institution, and past loans have been fully repaid.

Chata Karim grows peanuts and is standing in the middle of the picture. With her loan she intends to buy agricultural inputs, seeds and pay for plowing to maintain 2 hectares (approximately 5 acres).

After harvesting the crop is sold at village level and in the Kadiolo market, to a customer base of resellers and consumers.

She expects to achieve an average profit of 170,000 FCFA per crop. The income will allow her to pay off her loan and also to help her husband deal with daily expenses.

In this group: Chata Karim, Saly Abou, Kadiatou Fousseni, Adiaratou, Chata Sibiri, Djeneba Bakary, Mariam Yaya, Rokia Daou, Mariam Bourama

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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