A loan of $1,475 helped a member to cover the cost of plowing and to buy agricultural inputs and seeds.

Djiguignouma V Group's story

The ten members of the DJIGUIGNOUMA V group are married women who, on average, are 50 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 fifth loan with the institution and have duly repaid their previous loans.

The featured borrower, Orokia, grows groundnuts. In the photo, she is in the sitting row, first 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 100,000 CFA francs per growing season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan and to help her husband cover the daily expenses.

In this group: Orokia, Nyne, Sanaba, Sitan, Nakiatou, Djeneba T, Kadia, Kadia D, Aby, Moye

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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