A loan of $525 helped a member to purchase tools, seeds, and farm inputs.

Fassokounawolo 1 Group's story

The ten women of the group "Fassokounawolo 1" are all married in traditional families, and they average 48 years of age and three children each all living in the village of N’gara, in Région de Ségou (4th administrative region of the Republic of Mali). They know one another through their rainy season farm work and through ties of community, marriage, and kinship in the village. They grow peanuts, millet, and rice.

With the goal of purchasing tools and stocking up on farm inputs, the group members found out about the microfinance institution Soro Yiriwaso and are now on their third farm loan cycle.

Ms. Korotimi (sitting first from the left in the photo) is a great leader of rainy season farm work in the village of N’gara. She intends to use her loan to plow her field, purchase seeds and manure, and then pay youngsters to weed her field. Sales of her produce are made in cash at the end of the rainy season to pay back her loan in order to have the income to support the children and, in part, the family too.

In this group: Korotimi, Korotoumou, Sata, Sounkoura, Sanata, Djelika, Mayama Alassane, Fanta, Mayama, Korotoumou

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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