A loan of $1,525 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds.


Noupagagnon 1 Group's story

The members of the NOUPAGAGNON I group are married women who, on average, are 40 years old and have four children each. They all live in polygamous families in Tiewarala, one of the villages of the Sikasso region (third 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, Assetou, grows groundnuts. In the photo, she is in the middle of the standing row. She plans to use her loan to buy agricultural inputs and seeds to cultivate one hectare (2.47 acres) of land.

After the harvest, she sells her crop in her village and at the Sikasso market, to a customer base which consists of men and women.

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: Assetou, Kamaga, Bintou , Kadiatou , Sitan, Sira , Oumou Baba , Minata , Siafiatou , Marim

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan



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