A loan of $875 helped a member to buy farm inputs and seeds and to pay the cost of labor.

Kotognogontala 5 Group's story

The four members of the Kotognogontala 5 group are married women, who, on average, are 45 years old and have five children. They all live in traditional families in N'Tjila, one of the villages of Niena in the rural commune of Wateni, Sikasso, the third administrative region in Mali. They are working with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to carry out their farming during the rainy season.

The group is on their fifth loan with the institution, and all of their previous loans have been repaid.

Nassira, standing in the middle of the photo, grows ground nuts and corn. With her loan, she plans to buy farm inputs, fertilizer, herbicide, and seeds and also pay the cost of labor to maintain one hectare of land.

After the harvest, she will sell her crops in the village to men and women customers. She hopes to earn 105,000 francs CFA per field. These earnings will allow her to pay back her loan and also help her husband with the everyday expenses and support her children's health costs.

In this group: Adiara , Nassira, Mariam, Mariam , Ramatou , Awa , Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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