A loan of $3,200 helped a member to purchase fertilizer and other farm inputs to prepare her field.


Awa's Group's story

This group is composed of working women who joined the 'banc villageois' when it was created on July 2, 2008. They all live in the same district and share strong values of solidarity and mutual aid.

Ms. Awa (seated at the right in the photo) is the featured borrower. She is 46 years old, married, and the mother of three girls. She operates a market garden growing sweet potatoes, chili peppers…, and she farms peanuts during the rainy season. She has been doing this work since she was very young.

With this loan, she intends to pay for 50 kg of unshelled peanuts at 17,400 francs, shelling fees at 2,000 francs per 50-kg sack, 6 sacks of fertilizer at 17,500 francs each, plowing costs for 10,000 hectares, and weeding costs at 15,000 francs for three runs.

She plans to sell the produce at harvest time in December and January. The profits will enable her to cover day-to-day expenses and health care follow-up for her children.

In this group: Awa, Fatoumata, Dienabou. M, Yama , Aminata
*not pictured

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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