A loan helped a member to buy a bag of fertilizer to grow peanuts.

Lala's Group's story

Lala is seen in the front row of the photo wearing a green scarf, with a child at her feet. She is a member of a group of twelve farmers who all work with the field partner, myAgro. The group all live and work in the village of Sanankoroni, south of Bamako, in Mali.

Lala is 30 years old and mother to five children aged between two and fifteen years old. Two of her children currently attend school. Agriculture is the primary source of income for Lala's family because her husband is also a farmer. Through this business the couple are able to provide enough food for their family. Lala has been working in this business for twenty-five years. She grows peanuts and has to cope with problems such as lack of rain, shortage of equipment and lack of fertile growing land.

This will be Lala's second year of working with myAgro to improve her profitability and benefit from the services offered by the field partner. This year she plans to buy fertilizer to increase the harvest of peanuts from her 0.125 hectares of land. She grows peanuts as they are a good source of food for families (often prepared as a sauce), and also a profitable thing to sell at the market.

Lala will use her profits to continue her business and provide for all the food needs of her family.

In this group: Lala, Abi, Fatoumata, Djibril, Maratou, Oumou, Fanta, Tene, Kadiatou, Maimouna, Yacouba, Chaka

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Sarah Ryder.

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