A loan of $1,350 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and to cover the cost of plowing during the growing season.

Sonkoma Vi Group's story

The members of the SONKOMA VI group are married women who are, on average, 31 years old with three children each. They all live in polygamous families in Togodaba, one of the villages of the commune of Fakola (third administrative region of Mali).

They have joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to successfully carry out their farming activities during the rainy season. They are on their fourth loan with the institution and have duly repaid their previous loans.

Bakoro, a member of the group, grows groundnuts. In the photo, she is in the standing row, first from the left.

She plans to use her loan to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and to cover the cost of plowing to cultivate two hectares (4.9 acres) of land.

After the harvest, she sells her production to both men and women in her own village and in Fakola. She is expecting to make a profit of 145,500 CFA francs per growing season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan and to help her husband with the daily expenses.

In this group: Bakoro , Korotoumou Ali , Bakoro , Saradie , Afou Inza, Fatoumata, Fatoumata, Korotoumou Mori, Nahawa, Aramatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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