A loan of $525 helped a member to buy fertilizer and seeds.

Soroly 1 Group's story

The ten members of the Soroly 1 group are all married women who, on average, are 46 years old and have six children. They all live in polygamous families in Bandiagara, the fifth administrative region of Mali.

Bandiagara is a place made up of 90% cliffs, where women engage mostly in the farming of onions and their processing. The women move arable dirt to higher ground to create farming plots.

The group is working with the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to better carry out their small-scale farming at the end of this rainy season. They are on their first loan with the institution.

Domèye grows onions. She is standing second from the left in the photo. With her loan, she plans to buy seeds and fertilizer.

After the harvest, crops will be sold to men and women at the village level and in Bandiagara. Domèye hopes to earn 21,000 francs CFA at the end of the season.

These earnings will allow her to help her husband with the family expenses (related to the children's schooling, health, and nutrition). Earnings will also go towards buying small ruminants and chickens. The rest will be invested in her farming.

In this group: Domèye, Indogo, Mariam , Oumou , Gnama, Yapourolou, Aïssa, Indeguené , Fatoumata , Anta

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lindsay Ferrara

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