A loan of $975 helped a member to buy fertilizers and pay the cost of labor and weeding.

Bako's Group's story

The 10 members of the Honroya-2 group are married and living in traditional extended families. These women average 46 years of age, with four children. They all live in the village of Kondia, Ségou Region (the fourth administrative region of Mali) and know each other as neighbors and relatives by blood or marriage.

With the goal of having agricultural inputs [fertilizers etc] available to them at the beginning of the rainy season, they have joined Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their third agricultural cycle loan. The group members want to cultivate peanuts, millet and “niébé” [a type of black beans].

Mrs. Bako (the one seated in the middle) plans to use her loan in order to buy two bags of fertilizers, 30 kg [66 lbs] of peanuts and to pay the cost of labor and weeding on her millet field. She buys agricultural inputs at the market of Segou and recruits laborers from the young people’s association at her village. With a field of two ha [about 5 acres], she hopes to produce five bags of millet, 15 bags of peanuts, 1 bag of niébé beans as well as their haulms. One part of her millet, peanuts and niébé produce, as well as niébé haulms, will be sold in order to cover some everyday household expenditures, with the rest consumed by the family.

In this group: Bako , Mon , Korkan , Mènè , Bintou , Kariya , Sitan , Adama , Fatoumata , Sitan

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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