A loan of $1,025 helped a member to cover plowing costs and to buy seeds and agricultural inputs.


Djantoyerela Ii Group's story

The ten members of the DJANTOYERELA II group are married women who, on average, are 40 years old and have six children each. They all live in polygamous families in Bougoula, one of the villages of the Sanankoroba commune (second administrative region of Mali). They have joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to successfully carry out their farming activities during the rainy season. They are on their second loan with the institution. Their previous loan was duly repaid. The featured borrower, Setou, grows okra. In the photo, she is in the sitting row, second from the left. She plans to use her loan to buy agricultural inputs and seeds and to pay for the cost of plowing to cultivate 1.5 hectare (3.7 acres) of land. After the harvest, she sells her crop to both consumers and resellers, in her village and at the Bougoula market. She is expecting to make a profit of 90,000 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: Setou , Maratou, Sata , Mariam , Ami , Nani , Kadia , Orokia , Djeneba , Bama
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan



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