A loan of $1,550 helped a member purchase agricultural inputs and seeds.

Jiguiseme Iii Group's story

Members of the Jiguiseme III group are married women who on average are 40 years old with five children. They all live in polygamous families in Kafana, one of the villages in Sikasso, the third administrative region of Mali.

They work with the Soro Yiriwaso micro-finance institution so they can carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season.

They are on their fifth loan with the institution, and past loans have been fully repaid.

Loutan, who is standing in the middle, cultivates peanuts. With her ​​loan, she intends to buy seeds and fertilizers to maintain 2.5 acres.

After harvest production is sold in the village and at the Sikasso market to a clientele composed of men and women. She expects to achieve an average profit of 100,000 FCFA per growing season.

Profits will enable her to pay off her loan and also help her husband with daily expenses.

In this group: Kadia Ali, Fanta, Fatoumata Arouna, Loutan, Sitan Oumar, Achitan, Fanta Ali, Setou Kantougou, Rokia, Mariam Oumar

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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