A loan of $725 helped a member to pay for labor expenses and buy agricultural inputs and seeds.

Djiguignouma Ii Group's story

The six members of the Djiguignouma II group are all married women. They have an average age of 50, an average of four children each, and all live in polygamous families in Bougoula, a village located in Sanankoroba, the second-largest administrative region in Mali. They all collaborate with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution so that they can successfully continue with their agricultural businesses during the rainy season. They are on their fifth loan with the institution, and all their previous loans were repaid without incident.

These women work growing rice, and one of the members of the group is Tenekoura. She is the first person seated from left to right in the photo. With her loan, she plans to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, as well as to pay for the labor needed to farm her 1.5 hectares of land. After harvest she sells her produce in a market in the village of Bougoula, and her customers are both resellers and individual consumers.

In this group: Tenekoura, Sanata Lassina, Sitan Drissa, Ferima, Ferima Amadou, Alimata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert

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