Malkhaz is a 34-year-old farmer from the village of Japana, West Georgia. He is married and lives with his wife Mary, his parents, a 7-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son.
All the adult members of the family are involved in agriculture. In particular, they have a dairy farm with four milk cows. Mary and her mother-in-law produce approximately 70 kg of traditional Georgian cheese per month with the milk and sell it at the local market. The family also owns 2.5 hectares of agricultural land, 1 hectare of which is used for growing watermelon. They harvest 20 tones of fruit which is sold to the wholesalers. Another 1 hectare is used for maize: 3 tones are harvested each year, 1.5 tones of which is sold locally and the remaining 1.5 tones is used in the dairy farm for feeding cows and calves. On the remaining 0.5 hectares, various vegetables are grown, which are sold at the local market.
Malkhaz requested a loan for cultivation of the land and purchasing watermelon seeds. With cultivation and quality seeds, Malkhaz expects to harvest 30 tones of watermelons (10 tones more that usual). The harvest of maize will increase to 5 tones.
This family has also planned how they will invest the profit. They will buy a personal computer for their daughter, purchase an additional cow for dairy farm expansion and perform some renovation work on the house.
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