A loan of $800 helped a member purchase small equipment, seeds, and agricultural supplies.

Fassodemeton Group's story

The ten women of Fassodèmèton are all married in traditional families. They have an average age of 35 years and 2 children each. The women all live in the village of Fambougou in the Ségou region (the 4th administrative region of Mali.) They came to know each other through their seasonal farming businesses, as neighbors, by way of marriage and as relatives within the village.

The women of Fassodèmèton farm groundnuts, millet, and rice. With the goal of purchasing small equipment and to stock up on farming supplies, the members of the group partnered with Soro Yiriwaso and are on their third farming loan.

Wassa (the first woman seated from right to left in the photo) plans to use her loan to work her field, purchase seeds and fertilizer, and to pay young laborers to weed her field. The sale of her crops happens at the end of the rainy season to pay back her loan and ultimately to have funds to care for her children and her family.

In this group: Wassa , Maimouna , Djenebou , Mariama , Alimata , Kadia , Néh , Ba Oumou , Salimata , Minata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Stephanie Long Phillips

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