A loan of $1,500 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and pay for they labor needed to maintain two hectares of farmland.


Sonkoma I Group's story

The members of the Sonkoma I Group are married women with an average age of 36 years, and an average of three children. They are all living in polygamous families in Togodaba, one of the villages in Fakola, third administrative region of Mali. They are working with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season. The group is on their fourth loan with the institution, and their past loans have been repaid in full. Diatou Samba, shown seated on the far right in the photo, grows crops of peanuts. With her ​​loan, she intends to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and pay for they labor needed to maintain two hectares of farmland. After the harvest, her produce is sold at the village market to a clientele composed of men and women. She hopes to earn an income of 145,500 Francs CFA per agricultural cycle. This income will allow her to repay her loan and also to help her husband with their daily expenses.

In this group: Diatou Samba , Nabitou , Sene , Diatou Daouda , Mamine , Awa , Treme, Fanta , Minata Madou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Jane Coe



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