A loan of $775 helped a member to buy peanut seeds and hire male workers to carry out plowing and weeding work.

Fokognouma 4 Group's story

Most of the ten female members of Fokognouma 4 Group of Samako are married and live in large traditional families. They average 37 years of age and three children. They all live in Samako, Koulikoro Region (second administrative region of Mali) and got acquainted through ties of kinship, marriage, and community

In order to have farm inputs available at the start of the planting season, they decided to work with Kiva's partner, the MFI Soro Yiriwaso, from which they are seeking their third farming loan. The members are going to grow peanuts, rice, okra, and black-eyed peas.

Mrs. Sitan (sitting on the left in the photograph) intends to use her loan to buy 50 kg of peanut seeds and hire the village's young people's association to carry out plowing and weeding work. She gets her supplies of seeds from the fair in Bancoumana.

With an area of one hectare, she intends to harvest 30 sacks of peanuts. One part will be sold to pay her children's school expenses, the other part will be consumed by her family.

In this group: Sanè, Awa, Awa Madou, Kaniba, Rahama, Maminè, Kankou, Ramatou, Sitan, Oumou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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