A loan of $1,025 helped a member purchase agricultural inputs and seeds.


Kato Allama 1 Group's story

The members of the Kato Allama 1 group are married women who are on average 38 years of age with four children. They all live in polygamous families in Bougoulaba, a village in the municipality of Wateni in Sikasso, the 3rd administrative region of Mali.

They work with the Soro Yiriwaso micro-finance institution to carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their fifth loan with the institution, and previous loans have been duly repaid.

Alima, who is standing in the middle, grows corn. She intends to use her loan to buy seeds and fertilizers to maintain 1 hectare (2.47 acres).

After harvesting, the 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 95,000 FCFA per growing season. The profits will enable her to pay off her loan and also help her husband with daily expenses.

In this group: Alima , Djeneba, Sanata , Sitan, Mamou, Korotoumou , Kadia Seydou , Awa , Diarah , Chitan Moussa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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