A loan of $1,100 helped a member to pay for sundry equipment, seeds, farm inputs, labor, and weeding.

Fasso Yiriwa 1 Group's story

The ten women of "Fasso Yiriwa 1" are all married in traditional families, and they average 42 years of age and three children each, all living in the village of Tikindola, in Région de Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). The women know one another through their rainy season farm work and through ties of community, marriage, and kinship in the village. They grow peanuts, millet, and rice.

With the goal of paying for sundry equipment, labor, and weeding and stocking up on farm inputs, the group joined the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their first farm loan cycle.

Ms. Ya (sitting second from the left in the photo) is a great leader of rainy season farm work in the village of Tikindola. She intends to use her loan to purchase seeds and farm inputs in Ségou and sundry equipment from local blacksmiths, as well as to pay young people to do weeding.

At the end of the rainy season, the produce is sold in cash to repay the loan and then to have the income to take care of the children with some left for the family.

In this group: Ya , Salimata , Massitan , Babou , Kadia , Fatoumata Sidi , Mariam , Awa, Awa, Satan

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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