A loan of $800 helped a member to pay for labor, seeds, fertilizers, herbicide, weeding and small tools.

Wossidji V Group's story

The Wossidji V group is composed of married women who are on the average 43 years of age, with five children. They live mainly in polygamous families in Warinibougou, a village in the Guégnaka community, Diola prefecture, Koulikoro region (the second administrative region of Mali).
They collaborate with the Soro Yiriwaso microfinance institution in order to be better manage their business at the beginning of the rainy season. They cultivate, among other produce, millet, peanuts and okra. They are on their sixth loan with Soro Yiriwaso. With this new loan, Assitan, the first one seated on the right, plans to buy agricultural inputs [fertilizers etc] and small tools as well as pay the cost of labor to work about 1.5 ha [about 4 acres] of millet, corn and peanuts as well as okra.

After harvesting, the produce is sold in the twon of of Fana, to a customer base composed of both men and women. Assitan plans to earn about 150,000 West African francs during this agricultural cycle.

In this group: Atoumata , Mabana , Koumba , Minata , Assitan , Minata , Tenin

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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