A loan of $1,575 helped a member to buy fertilizers, seeds, and to pay for the cost of plowing.

Kartierton 1 Group's story

The members of the KARTIERTON 1 group are married men who are, on average, 45 years old with five children each. They all live in traditional families in Nimprodioula, one of the villages of the Sikasso region (third administrative region of Mali).

These men have joined the micro-finance institution Soro Yiriwaso in order to successfully carry out their farming activities during the rainy season.

Seriba, a member of the group, grows maize. In the photo, he is standing second from the right. He plans to use his loan to buy fertilizers, seeds, and to cover the cost of plowing to maintain 1.5 hectare of land. After the harvest, he sells his production at the Sikasso markets to a group of customers which mostly consists of resellers from the main cities. He is expecting to make an average profit of 200,000 CFA francs per planting season. Thanks to this profit, he will be able to repay his loan and to contribute to his large family's daily expenses.

In this group: Siaka Lamine, Amadou, Kalifa Sibiri, Seriba, Ousmane

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sophie Narayan

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