A loan of $1,200 helped a member to cover the cost of plowing and weeding, and to buy seeds, herbicide and small tools.

Anwbene I Group's story

The ten members of the ANWBENE I group are married women who are, on average, 39 years old with four children each. Most of them live in polygamous families in Kokougrou, one of the villages of the commune of Guégnaka, in the Cercle of Dioïla, Koulikoro region (second administrative region of Mali).

They have joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to better organize their farming activities at the beginning of the rainy season. They grow groundnut, millet and beans and are on their seventh collaboration with the institution.

Rokia (seated first from the left in the photo) plans to use her loan to buy farm inputs and small tools, and to cover the cost of plowing to cultivate about one hectare (2.47 acres) of land on which she grows groundnut and millet.

After the harvest, she sells her crops to both men and women, in the town of Fana.

She is hoping to make a profit of about 100,000 CFA francs per growing season.

In this group: Assitan, Bintou , Nagna , Fatoumata, Sali, Niogo , Kadiatou , Djeneba , Rokia , Badje

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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