A loan of $3,700 helped a member to buy inputs and seeds, and pay for labor and hoeing.

Djiguiya 1 Group's story

The Djiguiya 1 group is made up of nine married men, who average 36 years of age with five children each; they all live in polygamous families in Bladie, one of the villages of Bougouni, Mali's third administrative region. They collaborate with the micro-finance institution, Soro Yiriwaso, so that they can carry out their winter farming activities smoothly. They are on their third loan from the institution and the two previous loans have been repaid in full.

Lamine, who is standing second from the left in the photo, grows corn. With his loan he is planning to buy inputs and seeds, and also pay for labor and hoeing of three hectares of land. Once harvested, the produce will be sold in the village, at the market, to a customer base made up of men and women.

He expects to make a profit of 450,000FCFA per season. This profit will enable him to repay his loan and manage his family's daily outgoings.

In this group: Dramane M, Diabi, Sidiki, Lamine, Issouf B, Bayaya, Tahirou, Fousseny, Lassina M

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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