A loan of $1,250 helped a member purchase agricultural inputs and seeds.


Jiguiseme Vi Group's story

Members of the Jiguiseme VI group are married women who on average are 40 years old with four 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.

Afou Guediouma, 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 the crop 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 105,000 FCFA per growing season.

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

In this group: Barakissa Madou , Afou Guediouma , Tountounkotio , Safiatou , Djelika , Djeneba Abdoulaye , Kadiatou , Djeneba , Toron , Seleketa Abou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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