A loan of $1,075 helped a member to pay for plowing and to purchase farm inputs, tools, and seeds.

Djebeleton 1 Group's story

The members of the group "DJEBELETON I" are married women, who average 45 years of age and four children each, all living in traditional families in TAMARO, a village in Commune de DAH, Cercle de SAN, in the 4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali. The women are collaborating with the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso to carry out their farm work during the rainy season. They are on their second loan with the institution. The past loans were indeed paid back.

The crop grown is peanuts, as is the case with NAGAGNIRE, who is standing first from the right in the photo. With her loan, she intends to purchase some farm inputs, seeds, and tools and to pay for plowing to maintain 0.5 hectare.

After the harvest, the produce is sold to men and women customers in the village and in SAN. She plans on making an average profit of 95,000 francs CFA at the end of planting. This profit will enable her to pay back the loan and also to help her husband to cover day-to-day expenses.

In this group: Yeni, Awa Diamako, Arama, Awa, Ami, Ye, Fanta, Minata Abou, Setou Madou, Nagagnire

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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