A loan of $600 helped a member to pay for plowing and farm inputs.

Kotognongontala I Group's story

The members of the group called KOTOGNONGONTALA I are married women with an average age of 42 and four children on average, all living in polygamous families in TOUROUMADIE, one of the villages of Sikasso, third administrative region of Mali.

They work with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso so as to succeed with their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their second loan with the institution, their first loan having been correctly reimbursed.

The crop cultivated is rice in the case of Ramatou, standing second from right to left in the photo. With her loan she intends to pay for plowing and fertilizer to farm one half hectare. Her produce is sold right in the village and in the market, after the harvest, to a clientele composed of men and women. She expects to make an average profit of 115,000 F CFA per season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan and also to help her husband with daily expenses.

In this group: Assanatou, Fanta, Massine, Ramatou, Massita, Ramatou, Safiatou, Mamou, Masseni, Siata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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