A loan of $750 helped a member to buy fertilizers and herbicides.

Fokognouma 2 Group's story

The nine members of the Fokognouma 2 of Samako are married women living mainly in traditional extended families. On the average, they are 44 years of age, with four children. They all live in the village of Samako in the Koulikoro region (the second administrative district of Mali) and know each other as neighbors or relatives by blood or marriage. With the goal of increasing their arable land, they have joined Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their third agricultural loan. The group members will grow peanuts, millet, rice, gumbo [okra] and “niebe” [ a type of black beans].

Mrs. Djenefing (the one standing on the far left in the photo) plans to use her loan to buy three bags of urea, two bags of complex cereal fertilizers and two liters [0.5 gal] of herbicide. She buys agricultural inputs at the Bancoumana market. With a land plot of 5 ha [about 12 acres] she hopes to harvest 40 bags of peanuts, five bags of millet, five bags of rice, about 30 tubs of gumbo, and two bags of niébé beans and residues. Part of the produce, along with niébé residues, will be sold to provide for household needs, and the rest will be consumed by her own family.

In this group: Kouraba , Mamou Solo , Kadia Bakary , Maminè Adama, Djenefing Fodé, Fatoumata , Noumousso , Djènèbou , Nansa Koh

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Katharina S

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