A loan of $1,225 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs, seeds, and to cover the cost of plowing during the farming season.

Tiessiri 2 Group's story

The members of the TIESSIRI 2 group are married women who are, on average, 39 years old with six children each. They all live in polygamous families in Diediela, one of the villages of the Bougouni commune (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.

Djeneba Tiecoura, a member of the group, grows groundnuts and millet. In the photo, she is in the standing row, first from the right.

She plans to use her loan to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and to cover the cost of plowing to cultivate 1.25 hectare (3 acres) of land.

After the harvest, she sells her production to both men and women in her village and in Sido.

She is expecting to make a profit of 110,000 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: Djeneba Tiecoura, Djinessira, Sali, Sounounkoun Karim, Siradje, Kadidia, Chata Yaya, Safiatou Zie, Kemissa Molobali, Korotoumou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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