A loan of $975 helped a member to buy fertilizer, herbicide and pay labour costs.

Jiguisseme B Group's story

The ten members of the Jiguisseme B Group are married women who are, on average, 38 years old and have three children. Most of them live in traditional families in the commune of Kafana, Sikasso district (third administrative region of Mali).

During the winter months, the women work with the field partner, Soro Yiriwaso, in order to improve their agricultural businesses. This will be their tenth group loan. The previous loans were all fully and correctly repaid.

Saran (standing second from the right in the photo) grows peanuts. She plans to use her loan to buy one 50kg sack of fertilizer, one drum of herbicide, and pay the 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. Saran expects to make an average profit of 75,000 francs CFA over the loan period, which will enable her to repay her loan and help her husband to provide for their day-to-day expenses.

In this group: Mariam K, Kadia Ali, Mariam O, Saran, Assetou A, Toron, Awa Salif, Maria Modibo, Bintou, Mamine B

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder

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