A loan of $1,175 helped a member to buy farm inputs and pay plowing fees for the agricultural season.

Djiguisseme I Group's story

This group called Djiguisseme I is made up of eight married women with an average age of 48 and on average 6 children, all living in polygamous families in Kola Diagada, one of the villages of Bougouni, third administrative region of Mali.

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

Peanuts are the crop cultivated by Massira, first woman standing in the photo, right to left. With her loan, she intends to buy inputs and seeds and pay the plowing fees to cultivate one hectare. Her produce will be sold right in the village, at the market, after the harvest, to a clientele composed of men and women.

She expects to make a profit of 100,000 F CFA each growing season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan and help her husband with the daily expenses of their household.

In this group: Massira, Sitan, Minata, Mamou, Diala, Mamou, Fatoumata, Fatoumata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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