A loan of $1,025 helped a member to pay for labor expenses and hoeing, and to buy seeds, fertilizers, herbicides and small pieces of equipment..


Nieleniton Iii Group's story

The ten members of the Nieleniton III group are all married women with an average age of 35. They have an average of four children each. The majority of the group's members live in polygamous families in Kolombada, a village in the Guégnaka area. This area is located in the Dioïla prefecture in the Koulikoro region, the second-largest administrative region in Mali. They collaborate with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution so that they can better organize their businesses at the start of the rainy season. The crops grown by this group's members include peanuts, millet and beans. They are on their eighth loan with this institution. Nielen is a member of the group, and is the first person seated on the left in the photo. With her loan she plans to buy inputs and small pieces of equipment, as well as to pay the labor expenses involved in farming approximately one hectare of millet and peanuts. After harvest her produce is sold in the town of Fana, and her customers are both male and female. Each season she hopes to make a profit of around 75,000 francs CFA.

In this group: Nielen , Ana , Oumou , Oumou , Sitan Foune , Mama , Salimata , Tata , Djeneba , Minata
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert



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