A loan of $750 helped a member to cover the cost of plowing and weeding, and to buy seeds, herbicide and small tools.


Anwbene V Group's story

The members of the ANWBENE V 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. Adiara (first from the left in the front row) plans to use her loan to buy farm inputs and small tools, and to cover the cost of plowing to maintain about one hectare (2.47 acres) of land on which she grows groundnut and millet. After the harvest, she sells her crops in the town of Fana to a customer base which consists of both men and women. She is hoping to make a profit of about 90,000 CFA francs per growing season.

In this group: Masa , Djekika , Dekoura, Adiara , Kadia Bala , Missokoura, Maramou
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan



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