A loan of $1,950 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs, fertilizer, herbicide, seeds and pay for the labor cost of maintaining one hectare of farmland.


Kotognogontala 2 Group's story

The ten members of the Kotognogontala 2 Group are married women with an average age of 42 years and an average of three children. They all live in traditional families in N'Tjila, one of the villages in Niena, in the rural town of Wateni, located in Sikasso, the third administrative region of Mali. The group collaborates with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their fifth loan with the institution and their prior loans have all been repaid in full.

Biba, shown standing in the center in the photo, grows crops of peanuts and corn. With her ​​loan, she intends to buy agricultural inputs, fertilizer, herbicide, and seeds, and pay for the labor cost of maintaining one hectare of farmland. After the harvest, her produce is sold at the village market in Niena to a clientele composed of men and women.

Biba hopes to earn an income of 195,000 Francs CFA per agricultural cycle. The money she earns will allow her to repay her loan and help her husband pay for daily household expenses and for their children's medical expenses.

In this group: Barakissa , Salama , Biba , Awa , Adiaratou , Fatoumata , Naminata , Kadiatou A, Kadia, Chata

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe



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