A loan of $875 helped a member to pay for plowing, seeds, fertilizer, herbicides, weeding, and sundry equipment.

Tiessiri I Group's story

The ten members of the group "TIESSIRI I" are married women averaging 37 years of age and five children each. The women live for the most part in polygamous families in Koni, a village in Commune de Marka Coungo, in Région de Koulikoro (2nd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They are collaborating with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso with the goal of better organizing their work at the start of the rainy season. The crops grown include peanuts, millet, okra, and sesame. The group members are on their sixth collaboration with the institution.

With this new loan, MAMA, who is the second person standing from the right in the photo, intends to purchase farm inputs and sundry equipment and to cover the cost of plowing for maintaining about 1.5 hectares of millet and peanuts.

After the harvest, the produce is sold in Marka Coungo City to a customer base composed of women and men. She plans on making an average profit of about 100,000 francs per planting. The profits will be used to help cover family expenses.

In this group: Gnine, Djeneba, Mama, Djenebou Broulaye, Djeneba Doulaye, Mamou, Fatoumata Solo, Assitan, Mayira, Mariam

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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