A loan of $4,775 helped a member to buy fertilizers, seeds, and pay for plowing.

Djiguisseme 2 Group's story

The eight members of Djiguissème 2 Group are married men who average 40 years of age and five children. All live in traditional families in Foh, a village in Sikasso, third administrative region of Mali.

They work with Kiva's partner, the MFI Soro Yiriwaso, in order to carry out their farming business during the rainy season. They are seeking their sixth loan from the MFI. The previous loans were repaid without problems. Their crops include corn.

N’Tio is the man standing in the middle in the photograph. He intends to use his loan to buy fertilizers, seeds, and pay for plowing, in order to maintain five hectares.

After the harvest, the production is sold in the village and at the market in Sikasso, to a clientele comprising both men and women. N'Tio intends to turn an average profit of XOF 700'000 (ca US$ 1'400) per farming cycle.

This profits will enable him to repay the loan and help him cover the daily expenses of his large family.

In this group: Mamadou, Dramane, Issa, N’Tio, Bakary, Fousseny, Salia, Jean Mari

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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