A loan of $950 helped a member to pay for urea and for male workers in order to carry out plowing and weeding.

Kadia's Group's story

The ten members of the group Benkadi 5 of the association Benkadi of Zankourabougou are married for the most part in large traditional families, and they average 32 years of age and three children each. The women all live in the village of Zankourabougou, in the region of Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). And they know one another through ties of kinship, marriage, and community.

With the goal of using male workers to carry out the plowing and maintenance work, the women turned toward the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their second farm loan cycle. The group members are going to grow peanuts, millet, okra, and black-eyed peas.

Ms. Oumou (the woman standing at the far left in the photo) intends to use her loan to purchase two sacks of fertilizer and to employ male workers for the plowing and weeding of the fields. Her supply of labor comes from the association of young people, and the farm inputs come from the big market of Ségou. With 2 hectares of land area, she hopes to produce 10 sacks of peanuts, 2 sacks of millet, 2 sacks of black-eyed peas, and some stems and stalks. In addition to the stalks of black-eyed peas, part of the produce will be sold to manage sundry day-to-day household expenses, while the rest would be consumed in the family.

Just like the other women of the group Benkadi 5 of Zankourabougou, Ms. Oumou has the goal of ensuring food self-sufficiency in their village.

In this group: Kadia, Oumou Oumar, Tenin, Salimata, Soumba, Maman, Sitan Madou, Oumou, Yah, Kadia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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