A loan of $1,075 helped a member to pay for plowing, seeds, fertilizer, herbicide, weeding, and sundry equipment.

Djantoyerela 1 Group's story

The ten members of the group "DJANTOYERELA 1" are married women averaging 35 years of age and four children each. The women live in polygamous families in Sirablekoro, a village in the Commune of Kilidougou, Prefecture of Dioïla, Region of Koulikoro (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali).

They are collaborating with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso with the goal of better organizing their work at the start of the rainy season. The crops grown include millet, peanuts, and rice. They are on their sixth collaboration with the institution.

With this new loan, AWA ALOU, who is the first person standing from the right, plans to buy farm inputs and sundry equipment and to cover the cost of plowing for maintaining 0.75 hectare of rice and of peanuts.

After the harvests, the produce is sold in the city of Dioïla to a customer base composed of men and women. AWA ALOU plans on making an average profit of about 150,000 francs CFA per planting.

In this group: Sitan Kalidy , Djenebou , Fatoumata, Mama , Marama , Djidji , Awa Alou , Marama , Alimata , Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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