A loan of $1,050 helped a member to purchase seeds, fertilizer, herbicide, and minor equipment, and to pay for plowing and weeding.

Tiessiri V Group's story

The 10 members of the Tiessiri V Group are married women who average 37 years of age and have an average of three children each. For the most part, they live in polygamous families in Kenikela, a village in Massigui Commune, Dioila prefecture, in the Koulikoro region (Mali's second administrative region).

The women in this group are working with microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso with the goal of being able to better organize their businesses at the beginning of the rainy season. The crops being grown are, among others, ground nuts, rice, and a small amount of millet. The group is on its seventh loan with Soro Yiriwaso.

With this loan, Kadiatou Sokourala (the first person on the left in the row that is standing in the photo) plans to purchase farm inputs and minor equipment, as well as to pay the labor costs to maintain roughly two hectares of rice and groundnuts.

After the harvest, the crops will be sold in the city of Massigui to a customer base of men and women. Kadiatou Sokourala makes a profit of approximately 75,000 CFA francs per loan.

In this group: Kadiatou Sokourala , Mah Bourama , Djenebe Amara , Aminata , Masao , Sata Bourama , Kadiatou Siaka , Minata Amadou , Alimata Soumaila , Bintou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jessalyn Pinneo

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