A loan of $1,175 helped a member to buy farm inputs, seeds, and pay plowing costs for the growing season.

Tiessiri 1 Group's story

The members of the group called TIESSIRI 1 are married women with an average age of 37 and on average 6 children, all living in polygamous families in Diediela, one of the villages of Bougouni, third administrative region of Mali.

They collaborate with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso so as to succeed in their agricultural pursuits during the rainy season. They are on their fourth loan with the institution, the prior loans being correctly reimbursed.

The crops cultivated by Moussokoura, the second person seated, left to right, in the photo, are peanuts and millet. With her loan she is planning to buy farm inputs and seeds, and pay for plowing in order to cultivate 1.25 hectares. Her produce is sold in the village, in Sido, after the harvest, to a clientele composed of men and women. She expects to make a profit of 120,000 F CFA per season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan and also to help her husband with daily expenses.

In this group: Moussokoura , Mariam , Kemissa , Rokia , Djokoura , Mariam, Waraba , Korotoumou , Kani Sali , Djeneba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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