A loan of $775 helped a member to pay for plowing, farm inputs, and seeds.

Jiguiseme I Group's story

The members of the group "JIGUISEME I" are married women, who average 42 years of age and six children each, all living in polygamous families in KOURO VILLAGE, a village in SIKASSO (3rd 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 third loan with the institution. The past loans were indeed paid back.

The crop grown is corn, as is the case with Ms. FATOUMATA, who is standing first from the left in the photo. With her loan, she intends to pay for plowing, seeds, and fertilizer to maintain 0.5 hectare. After the harvest, the produce is sold to a customer base composed of men and women at the village, in SIKASSO.

She plans on making a profit of 90,000 francs CFA per planting. This profit will enable her to pay back her loan and also to help her husband to cover day-to-day expenses.

In this group: Alimata, Mamou, Sali, Tassi, Maminata, Chata, Wassa, Mafa, Bintou, Mariam

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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