Because of the challenges brought on by drought, subsistence farming does not generate a sufficient income for Kambizi to live off. She has therefore joined the KOMAZA microforestry program so that she can earn her own money to support herself and her husband.
She will use her loan funds to purchase tree farm inputs, such as eucalyptus seedlings and fertilizer, as well as to pay for technical training and maintenance support.
With the income from her tree farm, Kambizi would like to build a house, purchase food, and provide for her family. Her favorite part of the KOMAZA program is "the way KOMAZA improves people's lives and the way the staff are doing their work."
About KomazaKOMAZA is a social enterprise founded to convert Africa’s drylands into productive family farms in the eastern part of Kenya. The organization equips smallholder farmers with the supplies and training they need to plant fast-growing and sustainable eucalyptus or melia trees on their unused or underutilized land. In addition to generating income for farmers and their families, KOMAZA's sustainable farming practices help to offset deforestation and provide a stable, affordable source of fuel.
Please note that this loan term is for 10 years. KOMAZA works with farmers over the course of this time period to help them grow healthy and regenerative trees that are then sold as wood commodities. This loan will cover the upfront cost of seeds, fertilizers, and KOMAZA’s staff time needed to support the farmer over the course of the loan term, including multiple harvest cycles.
This model generates years of income for the farmers’ families and creates a sustainable wood supply for local markets. Kiva lenders’ flexible, risk-tolerant capital enables KOMAZA to offer affordable financing to farmers, and to scale faster as an organization to impact more people. Repayments for this loan will come from revenues generated by wood sales, and profits from harvested trees are split equally between the farmer and KOMAZA.
See the story of Ruth and Raphael, KOMAZA farmers, here:
Wach a video about the organization’s work in the field here:
This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.
This is a Group Loan
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