A loan of $3,875 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds and to pay for labor.

Djiguisseme Iii Group's story

The ten members of the Djiguisseme III group are married men, who average 37 years of age with four children each and who all live in traditional families in Foh, one of the villages in Sikasso, Mali's third administrative region.

They are collaborating with the microfinance institution, Soro Yiriwaso, so that they can successfully run their farming activities during the winter period. They are on their third loan from the institution and the two previous loans were repaid in full. They grow corn and, with his loan, Nafo N'golo, who is sitting second from the left and towards the right of the photo, is planning to buy agricultural inputs and seeds and to pay for labor to maintain four hectares of land. Once it has been harvested, the produce is sold in the village, at the Sikasso market, to a customer base made up of retailers coming from large towns. He is expecting to make an average profit of 600,000FCFA per season. This profit will allow him to repay his loan and also help his large family with the daily running costs.

In this group: Klézanga , Nampaga O. , N’Golo O., Nafo N’Golo , Brehima, Seydou , Sibiri , Sibiri A. , Lamissa, Adama

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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