A loan of $1,475 helped a member to buy small tools, seeds and farm inputs, and to cover the cost of weeding in her fields.

Bogoba 1 Group's story

The ten women who make up the Bogoba 1 group are all married in traditional families. They are, on average, 39 years old and have an average of three children each. They all live in the village of Togo in the region of Ségou (fourth administrative region of Mali.) They know one another through their farming activities during the rainy season and also through ties of neighborhood, marriage and kinship within the village. They grow peanuts, millet, and rice.

In order to buy small tools, to stock up on farm inputs, and to cover the cost of weeding in their fields, the members of the group have joined Soro Yiriwaso and are on their fifth cycle of farming loan.

Adiara (standing first from the right in the photo) plans to use her loan to buy seeds and farm inputs in Ségou, as well as small tools from local blacksmiths. She will also hire young people to weed her field.

She sells her crops for cash at the end of the rainy season, and she uses her earnings to repay her loan, to take care of her children, and to cover some of the family's expenses.

In this group: Salimata , Adiara , Maratou , Fatoumata , Mariama , Awa , Djeneba , Alimata, Mariama, Mamou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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