A loan of $5,325 helped a member to purchase inputs (fertilizer, seeds, and pesticides).

Mariama's Group's story

This group was created on August 25, 2011 when the 'banc villageois' was inaugurated. It comprises 32 members all living in the same village. The group members are very determined and vow mutual respect. In the same way, the solidarity between members is very present in their interactions. The main work of the group members includes market gardening and small-scale commerce.

Ms. Mariama (appearing in a cameo at the bottom right) is the group's featured borrower. She is 48 years old, married, and the mother of four children (3 girls and 1 boy). She is very active and determined in her business. She works in market gardening: sweet potatoes, okra, fresh tomatoes, chili peppers,… Once harvested, the produce is sold to merchants at markets in the area. She enjoys good experience in this business for having worked at it for over twenty years.

Her new loan will enable her to purchase farm inputs (fertilizer, seeds, and pesticides).

With the profits, she plans in part on paying for her daughter's schooling costs, as well as improving her family's living conditions.

In this group: Mariama, Fanta, Rocky, Touty, Mariama, Mariama, Marie, Dianke, Khady Diarra, Diocou, Gnaling, Fanseyny, Mancagno, Awa, Sadio, Coumba, Fatou, Fatoumata, Mouscoto, Sire, Kouta, Diop, Mariama, Ndiaye, Oumy, Mama, Fatou, Amy, Sira, Banna, Fatou, Fanta

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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