A loan of $650 helped a member buy inputs, seeds, and pay plowing costs for the crop year.


Kotognogontala Ii Group's story

Members of the Kotognogontala II group are married women who on average are 35 years old with four children, all living in polygamous families in Bella, part of the Kebila commune in the Kolondieba circle, one of the prefectures in the third administrative region of Mali.

They collaborate with the Soro Yiriwaso micro-finance institution in carrying out their farming activities during the rainy season. They are on their fourth loan with the institution, and all past loans have been fully repaid.

The crops cultivated are groundnuts and rice featuring Saran, the first person standing on the right in the photo. She will use her loan to buy inputs, seeds and pay for plowing to cultivate 0.5 hectares (about 1.24 acres). After harvest the crop is sold at village level and in Kebila, to a clientele composed of men and women.

Sitan hopes to attain profits of 50,000 CFA francs, enabling her to pay off her loan and also to help her husband with daily expenses.

In this group: Saran , Fatoumata, Diatou, Boyatta , Korotoumou , Assetou , Salimata
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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer René McConnell



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