A loan of $1,250 helped a member to buy small equipment, seeds, and agricultural inputs.

Djekafo 2 Group's story

The ten women of the group Djekafo 2 are all married in traditional families. They have an average age of 33 and on average, three children. They all live in the village of Sirakorobougou in the region of Ségou (fourth administrative region of Mali). They met through their rainy season agricultural activities as well as due to being neighbors, linked by marriage and kinship ties in their village. They grow peanuts, millet and rice. In order to buy themselves small equipment and stock up on farm inputs, the members of the group joined Soro Yiriwaso and are on their third agricultural loan.

Mme Mayama, the first woman standing left to right in the photo, is a busy rainy-season farmer in the village of Sirakorobougou. She intends to use her loan to plow her field, buy seed and fertilizer, and pay young people to weed her field. Her agricultural produce is sold for cash at the end of the rainy season in order to repay her loan and have income to support her children and be responsible for some family expenses.

In this group: Rokia , Bah S , Maimouna , Batou , Fatoumata S , Djeneba , Kadiatou M , Mayama , Mayama , Dadi

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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