A loan of $500 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and to cover the cost of plowing during the farming season.

Sabali Iii Group's story

The members of the SABALI III group are married women who are, on average, 39 years old with four children each. They all live in polygamous families in Djan, one of the villages of the GARALO commune, in the Cercle of Bougouni (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 sixth loan with the institution and have duly repaid their previous loans.

Salimata, 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 0.5 hectare (1.23 acre) of land.

After the harvest, she sells her production to both men and women in her village, as well as in Defina and Kolondieba.

She is expecting to make a profit of 55,000 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: Salimata, Sali Daou, Djeneba Adama, Mamine Adama, Madio, Minata, Minata Bala

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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