A loan of $1,700 helped a member to pay the cost of labor and to buy farm inputs.

Noupagagnon A Group's story

The ten members of the Noupagagnon A group are married women who, on average, are 50 years old and have three children. All live in traditional families in Kolokoba, a village in the third administrative region of Mali (Sikasso). They are working with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to carry out their farming during the rainy season. They are on their seventh farm loan with the institution, and all of their previous loans have been repaid correctly.

Flamousso, the first person seated on the left in the photo, grows, among other things, ground nuts, rice, corn, and peppers. With her loan, she plans to buy farm inputs and to pay the cost of labor to maintain one hectare of land.

After the harvest, she will sell her crops in the village to men and women customers.

She hopes to earn an average 90,000 francs CFA per harvest. These earnings will allow her to help her husband in the everyday expenses.

In this group: Sire , Tene, Diata , Kadiata, M’Pere , Gnire , Flamousso, Assitan , Maimouna, N’Gana

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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