A loan of $1,525 helped a member to pay for weeding and plowing and to buy seeds, fertilizers, herbicides and small tools.

Danaya I Group's story

The ten members of the DANAYA I group are married women who, on average, are 38 years old and have four children each. Most of them live in polygamous families in Thyla, one of the villages of the Kaladougou commune in the Dioïla Cercle, Koulikoro Region (second administrative region of Mali).

They have joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to better organize their farming activities at the start of the rainy season. Among other crops, they grow groundnuts, millet, okra and sesame. They are on their sixth loan with the institution.

In the photo, Gna, the featured borrower, is the first person from the right in the sitting row. She plans to use this new loan to cover the cost of plowing and to buy agricultural inputs and small tools to maintain 1.5 hectare (3.7 acres) of land on which she grows millet and groundnuts.

After the harvest, she sells her crop in the town of Kaladougou to a customer base which consists of men and women. She is expecting to make a profit of about 60,000 CFA francs per growing season.

In this group: Dounamba, Mamou, Magne, Awa, Gnaba, Fatoumata, N1Edie, Awa, Gna, Mariam

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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