A loan of $625 helped a member to purchase fertiliser and weedkiller.

Fokognouma 5 Group's story

The women of Fokognouma 5 group from Samako are married, mostly in large traditional families, and are on average 41 years old with on average 3 children each. They all live in the village of Samako, in the Koulikoro area (the second largest administrative region of Mali), and they know one another through family links, marriage and local connections.
With the goal of using fertiliser and weedkiller in their fields during the rainy season, they decided to join the credit programme at Soro Yiriwaso and are on their third cycle of agricultural loan. The group members are going to grow peanuts, cornmeal, rice, okra and cowpeas. Kadiatou (the woman standing third from the right in the photo) plans to use her loan to purchase 2 litres of weedkiller, 4 bags of nitrogen fertiliser and some complex cereals. She buys her agricultural supplies in the Bancoumana market. With 3 hectares of land, she hopes to harvest 40 sacks of peanuts, 3 sacks of cornmeal, and 2 sacks of cowpeas with their top leaves.
Part of the production will be sold, as well as the cowpea plant tops, in order to finance the family's daily requirements, and the rest will be eaten by the family.

In this group: Oumou , Fatou , Mariama , Maman Chaka , Namissa , Ami , Oumou , Kadiatou , Naima
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alistair Assheton

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