A loan of $2,000 helped a member to pay for labor, seeds, fertilizers, farming equipment and hoeing.


Gnongondeme Ton Ii Group's story

The ten members of the Gnongondeme Ton Ii group are married men, who average 45 years of age with seven children each and who all live in traditional families in Koumbri, one of the villages in Koutiala, Mali's third administrative region.

They are collaborating with the microfinance institution, Soro Yiriwaso, with the aim of carrying out their farming activities successfully during the winter season. They are on their fifth loan with the institution and the previous loans have all been repaid in full.

Karim, who is standing in the middle of the photo, grows corn. With his loan he is planning to buy fertilizers, seeds and small farming materials, as well as to pay labor costs to maintain 1 hectare of land.

Once harvested, the produce will be sold in the village and in Koutiala to a customer base made up of men and women.

Karim expects to make an average 150,000FCFA profit at the end of the season. This profit will enable him to repay his loan and also help out with the daily expenses.

In this group: Labassi , Bamory , Fatogoma, Dramane , Yacouba , Karim , Siguizaga , Soungalo Sidiki , Lamine , Dramane

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras



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