A loan of $1,150 helped a member to pay for plowing, weeding, seeds, farm inputs, and tools.

Siguitemogosson Iv Group's story

The ten members of "Siguitemogosson IV" are married women averaging 39 years of age and three children each, all living in traditional families in Tionsso, a village in Koutiala (3rd administrative region of the Republic of Mali). The women are collaborating with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to carry out their farm work during the rainy season. They are on their fourth loan with the institution. The past loans were indeed paid back.

The crop grown is rice, as is the case with Djeneba Samba, who is crouching with a basket [woven from rice stalks] in the photo. With her loan, she intends to purchase farm inputs, seeds, and sundry equipment and to pay for plowing to maintain 1 hectare.

After the harvest, the produce is sold in the village and in Koutiala to men and women customers. She plans on making a profit of 70,000 francs CFA at the end of the season. This profit will enable her to pay back her loan and also to help her husband to cover day-to-day expenses.

In this group: Mineta, Djeneba Samba, Machitan Brema, Fanta Brema, Mamou, Sitan Mory, Mousso, Koro Moussa, Rokia Soungalo, Rokia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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