Stephen is 45 years of age and married with 9 children between 12 and 24 years of age. He is a farmer and also does tailoring and has a butcher business. He has been a farmer for 25 years. Stephen bought his own land on which he cultivates his crops and this explains how hardworking and determined he is about farming. He has a big volume of customers especially traders from Mbarara which is the neighboring district and also locals buy matooke (banana/plantain) from his farm in large quantities. With this Kiva loan, he plans to buy good farm tools, seeds, mulch, manure and to hire workers. Though lack of rainfall is a problem in parts of Uganda, the western part of Uganda receives a reasonable amount of rainfall. Ibanda district is one of the districts found in the western part of the country where Stephen lives and farms.
Agriculture in Uganda and the entire sub Saharan Africa employs the majority of the population and it's contribution to the the growth domestic product (GDP) is very significant. Governments in Africa including Uganda have embarked on a campaign to promote agriculture in the region to fight hunger and poverty. The only challenge is climate. Agriculture activity in Uganda is determined by the prevailing climate at that time. Artificial measures to provide water to crops encounters many limitations. However, some parts of Uganda have comparatively favorable climate for agriculture, mainly farming.