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


Tièssiri 3 Group's story

The nine members of the group Tièssiri 3 are for the most part married in large traditional families, and they average 33 years of age and 3 children each all living 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 stocking up on farm inputs and using 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. Binta (the woman seated first from the right in the photo) intends to use her loan to purchase a sack of fertilizer and 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 1.5 hectares, she hopes to produce 12 sacks of peanuts and 3 sacks of millet. Part of the produce will be sold to manage sundry day-to-day household expenses, while the rest will be consumed by the family.

In this group: Binta , Aminata , Bintou , Awa Bourama , Baminata , Mariama , Ba Oumou , Awa , Adam

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey



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