A loan of $1,375 helped a member to buy seeds, agricultural inputs, and pay young people to weed her field.

Tiessiriton 1 Group's story

The 10 women of the group known as Tiessiriton 1 are all married in traditional families. They have an average age of 35 and on average three children. They all live in the village of Banankoroniwere. in the region of Ségou (fourth administrative region of Mali.) They met through their agricultural, rainy season activities, or through ties of neighborhood, kinship and marriage in the village. They grow peanuts, millet and rice. In order to obtain small equipment and to stock up on agricultural inputs, the members of this group came to Soro Yiriwaso and are on their first seasonal loan.

Madame Fatoumata (second woman sitting on the right in the photo) works very hard at her rainy season agricultural activities in the village of Banankoroniwere. She intends to use her loan to plow her field, to buy seeds and fertilizer, and to pay young people to weed her field. The sale of her produce takes place for cash at the end of the rainy season, to repay her loan and in order to have income to pay for children's expenses and part of those of the extended family.

In this group: Fatoumata, Bassitan, Yaaya, Baoumou, Oumou, Djenebou, Nah, Kadia, Minata, Mamou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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