A loan of $825 helped a member to buy seeds and farm inputs, and pay for plowing.

Fassokadi Iii Group's story

The members of FASSOKADI III group are married women who average 40 years of age and six children. They all live in polygamous families in Korobarrage, one of the villages in Sikasso, third administrative region of Mali.

They work with Kiva's partner, the MFI Soro Yiriwaso, in order to carry out their farming activities during the rainy season. They are seeking their third loan from the MFI, and the previous loans were repaid without problems.

Mrs. Mamou (first one on the left in the standing row) is growing corn. She intends to use her loan to buy seeds and fertilizers, and to pay for plowing to maintain 0.5 hectare.

After the harvest, the production is sold at the market in the village, to a clientele comprising both men and women. She intends to turn an average profit of XOF 85'000 (ca US$ 170) per planting.

This profit will be used to repay the loan, and also to help her husband cover the daily expenses.

In this group: Mamou, Diarra, Naissa, Antou, Batoma, Fatoumata, Djeneba, Saly, Awa, Kadidia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Patrick Stadelmann

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