A loan of $900 helped a member to purchase fertilizer and cover the cost of plowing.

Tièssiri 1 Group's story

For the most part married women in large traditional families and averaging 41 years of age and four children each, the nine members of the group Tièssiri 1 all live in the village of Siradjankoro, in the Ségou region (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). The women know one another through ties of kinship, marriage, and community.

With the goal of utilizing male labor for carrying out the upkeep work, they 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, 'fonio', and black-eyed peas.

Ms. Djènèba (the second woman standing from the right in the photo) intends to use her loan to purchase 2 sacks of fertilizer and to have the plowing and weeding done on her fields. She supplies herself with labor from the association of young people, and as for the farm inputs, from the big market of Ségou.

With a land area of 2 hectares, she hopes to produce 12 sacks of peanuts, 3 sacks of millet, and about 30 basins of okra. The okra and part of the millet and peanuts produced will be sold to manage sundry day-to-day family expenses, while the rest will be consumed by the family.

In this group: Djènèba, Fatoumata, Sirantou, Nana, Kadiatou, Aminata, Nêh, Rokia, Oumou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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