A loan of $1,025 helped a member buy fertilizer, herbicides, and hire men to do the plowing.

Sabougnouma 1 Group's story

Mostly married in large traditional families with an average of 46 years of age and three children, the members of the Sabougnouma 1 group all live in the village of Kongola in the Koulikoro region (second administrative region of Mali) and became acquainted through family, marriage and neighborhood ties.

To ensure agricultural inputs are available at the beginning of the rainy season, they turned to Soro Yiriwaso and are in their third seasonal loan cycle. The group will grow rice and groundnuts.

Mrs. Korotoumou (the woman standing in third position from right to left in the photo) has a great reputation in the village for her high groundnut productivity.

She plans to use the loan to buy two bags of urea, four liters of herbicide, and use male labor to do the plowing. She resupplies agricultural inputs in Siby.

With an area of ​​2.5 ha (6.2 acres), she hopes to harvest 60 bags of peanuts and 5 bags of rice. Part of the production is sold to ensure household daily needs and the rest is used for family consumption.

In this group: Korotoumou, Saran Tiemoko, Kadiatou, Niamakolo, Maimouna, Nassoun, Kaniba, Djeneba Karinko, Sali, Kaidia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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