A loan of $2,725 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and to pay for the cost of plowing.

Noupagagnon 1 Group's story

The six members of the NOUPAGAGNON 1 group are married men who, on average, are 42 years old and have seven children each. They all live in traditional families in Kokouna, one of the villages of the Sikasso region, third administrative region of Mali.

They have joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to successfully carry out their farming activities during the rainy season. They are on their fourth loan with the institution and their previous loans have been duly repaid.

The featured borrower, Amadou, grows maize. In the photo, he is the third man from the left (in the standing row). He plans to use his loan to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and to pay for the cost of plowing to cultivate 3 hectares (7.41 acres) of land.

After the harvest, he sells his crop in the village and at the Sikasso market. His customers are both men and women.

Amadou is expecting to make an average profit of 500,000 CFA francs per season. This profit will allow him to repay his loan and to contribute to his large family's daily expenses.

In this group: Amadou, Amadou, Dramane, Cheickne, Lassina, Daouda

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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