A loan of $1,150 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds.

Jiguiseme Vii Group's story

The JIGUISEME VII group consists of married women who, on average, are 41 years old and have six children each. They all live in polygamous families in Kafana, one of the villages of the Cercle of Sikasso, third administrative region of Mali.

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

The featured borrower, Salimata, grows groundnuts. In the photo, she is in the middle of the standing row. She plans to use her loan to buy seeds and fertilizers, in order to cultivate 1 hectare (2.47 acres) of land.

After the harvest, she sells her crop to both men and women, in her village and at the Sikasso market.

She is expecting to make an average profit of 60,000 CFA francs per season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan and to help her husband cover the daily expenses.

In this group: Salimata , Portio Ladji , Fatoumata Siaka , Dialia Falotie , Karidia , Karitio Moumine , Minata , Natieke , Mariam Bazie , Diata Bourama

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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