A loan of $1,075 helped a member to buy fertilizer and seeds.

Guinekanda 3 Group's story

The members of the Guinekanda 3 group are married women with an average age of 43 and, on average, 6 children, who all live in polygamous families in Bandiara, the 5th administrative region of Mali. 90% of the Bandiara region is made up of cliffs and the women's main activity is onion growing and producing shallots and derivative products. The women transport the arable soil to higher ground in order to make boards on which to grow their produce. They are working with Soro Yiriwaso in order to be able to carry out their agricultural activities at the end of the rainy season. They are on their second loan from the institution, having properly repaid the first.

Dénné, sitting first on the left in the picture, mainly grows onions. She plans to use her loan to buy seeds and fertilizer. After the harvest, the produce is sold in the village and in Bandiara to a clientèle made up of men and women. She expects to make a profit of 42 000 francs by the end of the season. This profit will allow her to support her husband with the family expenditures (children's education, health, food) and to buy small ruminants and poultry. The rest will be reinvested in her business.

In this group: Korka , Dénné G., Aïssa, Anta , Djénéba, Dénné , Anta , Fatouma, Fatouma *, Djénéba*
*not pictured

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer

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