A loan of $1,125 helped a member to buy farm inputs, seeds, and pay for plowing.

Noupagagnon I Group's story

The 10 members of the group called NOUPAGAGNON I are married men with an average age of 42, seven children, and all living in traditional families in Touroumadie, one of the villages of Sikasso, third administrative region of Mali.

They collaborate with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso so as to succeed in their agricultural activities during the rainy season. They are on their second loan with the institution, and the prior loan was correctly reimbursed.

Nafanga, first person seated from right to left, grows maize. He intends to use his loan to buy farm inputs, seeds, and pay for plowing to maintain one hectare. His produce is sold right in the village and at the market of Sikasso, after the harvest, to a clientele composed of men and women. He expects to make an average profit of 150,000 F CFA per season. This profit will allow him to repay the loan and also help to support the extended family.

In this group: Brehima, Adama, Issouf, Sidi, Metanga, Bourama, Sekou, Yacouba, Salifou, Nafanga

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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