A loan of $1,575 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and to pay for plowing during the farming season.

Djiguisseme 1 Group's story

The members of the DJIGUISSEME 1 group are married women who are, on average, 38 years old with five children each. They all live in polygamous families in Karakara, 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 fifth loan with the institution and have duly repaid their previous loans.

Fatoumata N'tji, a member of the group, grows groundnuts. In the photo, she is standing, first from the left, and holding a daba (short-handled hoe).

She plans to use her loan to buy agricultural inputs and seeds, and to cover the cost of plowing to cultivate one hectare (2.47 acres) of land.

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

She is expecting to make a profit of 125,000 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: Kondje, Fatoumata, Bintou, Fatoumata B., Mariam, Sitan, Chata, Korotoumou, Fatoumata N’Tji, Korotoumou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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