A loan of $575 helped a member to buy fertilizer, herbicide and pay labour costs.

Tiessiri 3 Group's story

The ten members of the Tiessiri 3 Group are married women who are, on average 38 years old and have two children. Most of them live in traditional families in Niantanso in the commune of Lobougoula, in Sikasso (third administrative region of Mali).

During the winter months, the women work to improve their agricultural businesses, so they collaborate with the field partner, Soro Yiriwaso. This will be their eighth loan, the previous loans were all fully and correctly repaid.

Zantio (standing second from the left in the photo) grows maize. She plans to use her loan to buy two 50kg sacks of fertilizer, one drum of herbicide and pay labour costs to work half a hectare of land. She sells her produce in the village in Sikasso, to both men and women, on a cash or credit basis.

Zantio expects to earn an average profit of 106,000 francs CFA over the loan period. She will use this to repay her loan and help her husband provide for the day-to-day expenses of their household.

In this group: Kadia , Zantio , Adjara , Fatoumata N, Salimata , Korotoumou, Alimatou Inza, Setou Alassane, Safi , Naminata

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder

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