A loan of $1,200 helped a member to buy farm inputs and seeds and pay for plowing, etc. for the growing season.

Jiguisseme Iii Group's story

The members of the group called JIGUISSEME III are married women with an average age of 33 and four children on average, all living in polygamous families in ZIMPIALA II, one of the villages of the Sous-Préfecture (county) of KOLONDIEBA, third administrative region of Mali.

They collaborate with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to succeed in their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their seventh loan with the institution, the preceding loans having been correctly reimbursed.

Adiaratou, the first person sitting on the left in the photo, grows peanuts. With her loan she intends to buy farm inputs and seeds and pay for plowing, etc. to cultivate one and a half hectares. Her produce is sold in the village and in KOLONDIEBA, after the harvest, to a clientele composed of men and women.

She expects to make a profit of 105,500 F CFA each season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan and also to help her husband with the daily expenses.

In this group: Adiaratou , Fatouma , Awa , Korotimi , Mama , Mariam , Awa Drissa , Barakissa , Dikeli , Safiatou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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