A loan of $675 helped a member to buy small equipment, seeds, and agricultural inputs.

Benkaditon 3 Group's story

The 10 women from the group called Benkaditon 3 are all married in traditional families. They have an average age of 45 and on average five children. They all live in the village of Massalawere in the region of Ségou (fourth administrative region of Mali.) They met through their rainy season agricultural activities and ties of neighborhood, marriage and kinship in the village. They grow peanuts, millet, and rice. In order to buy small equipment and to stock up on farm inputs, the members of the group joined Soro Yiriwaso and are on their second cycle seasonal loan.

Madame Faty (the woman sitting in the photo in the middle of the row of seated women) works hard at her rainy season agricultural activities in the village of Massalawere. She intends to use her loan to buy small equipment, seeds and fertilizer and also to pay young people to weed her field. The sale of her agricultural produce takes place for cash at the end of the rainy season to repay her loan and in order to have income to cover children's expenses and a part of the family's household expenses.

In this group: Faty , Rokia , Nah , Tah , Mafounè , Mama , Mama , Fatoumata , Djeneba , Koumba

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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