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A loan of $500 helped a member to buy fertilizers and hire male labor force for plowing.

Honronya 1 Group's story

The ten members of the Honronya 1 group are all married in large traditional families. On average, they are 41 years old and have three children. They all live in the village of Kondia in the Segou region (4th administrative region of Mali) and know each other through family, marriage and neighborhood ties.

In order to have some agricultural inputs at their disposal at the beginning of the rainy season, and to be able to use male labor for maintenance work, they have turned to Soro Yiriwaso and are on their third cycle of farming loan. The members of the group will grow groundnut, millet and cowpea.

Niakoro (first from the left in the standing row) is planning to use her loan to buy one bag of fertilizer, 30 kg of groundnut seeds and have her millet field plowed. She purchases her agricultural inputs at the Segou market and hires labor from the young people's association of her village.

With one hectare of land, she is expecting to produce eight bags of millet, two bags of cowpea and some foliage. In addition to cowpea foliage, part of the millet and cowpea harvest will be sold to take care of her household small day-to-day expenses, while the rest will be used for family consumption.

In this group: Niakoro , Kadia , Sitan , Fatoumata , Aminata , Baminata , Sitan , Barakatou , Kotimi , Badjene

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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