A loan of $1,375 helped a member pay for tillage, seed, fertilizer, herbicide, weeding and small equipment.

Fassokounawolo Ii Group's story

The ten members of the FASSOKOUNAWOLO II group are married women who on average are 35 years of age with three children. Most of them live in polygamous families in Koba, a village in the municipality of Massigui, part of the Dioïla prefecture belonging to Koulikoro, which is the second administrative region of Mali.

They work with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution in order to better organize their early winter activities. The crops cultivated include groundnuts, rice and a little mil. They are entering their seventh collaboration with the institution.

With this loan Mamou Chaka, the first person kneeling on the left, plans to buy inputs, small equipment, and pay for labor to maintain around two hectares (about 5 acres) of rice and groundnuts.

After harvesting, the crops are sold in the town of Massigui, to a clientele composed of men and women. She expects profits of around 100,000 FCFA per growing season.

In this group: Kadi, Kadiatou, Bintou, Chata, Diatou, Alimata, Awa, Mamou Chaka, Fatoumata Adama, Djeneba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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