A loan of $1,275 helped a member to buy agricultural inputs and seeds and to pay labor expenses for the agricultural season.


Jiguisseme Group's story

The members of the Jiguisseme group are all married women, with an average age of 35. They have on average four children each, and live in polygamous families in Segoubougouda, a village located in Fakola, Mali’s third-largest administrative region. They work with the Soro Yiriwaso institution so they can carry out their agricultural activities during the rainy season, and are on their third loan. All their prior loans have been successfully repaid.

The members of the group work growing millet, and one of its members is Ba Oumou, who is pictured standing second from the right in the photo. With her loan, she plans to buy agricultural inputs and seeds and to pay labor expenses to farm her two hectares of land. After harvest her produce is sold in the village and elsewhere in Fakola, and her customers are both male and female.

Ba Oumou hopes to make an average profit of 145,500 francs CFA per season. This profit will allow her to repay her loan, as well as to help her husband with the daily expenses.

In this group: Assitan Adama , Fatoumata , Sali , Mariam , Assitan Amadou , Assitan , Salimata , Mariam, Ba Oumou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert



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