Ibrahim, 48, is a maize farmer from Pampaida Makaranta village in Kaduna State. This will be Ibrahim’s second year as a Babban Gona member. Ibrahim is pleased with the opportunity that Babban Gona provides him to meet the needs of this family of 17. Last year, Ibrahim, with the help of a Babban Gona loan, was able to access high quality fertilizer, improved seeds and mechanization services, all of which improved his productivity and profits. This year, like all Babban Gona members, Ibrahim has the opportunity to increase his yield and profit to 3 times as much as the average farmer. Through a Babban Gona loan, Ibrahim will be able to access seeds, fertilizers and other critical inputs to improve the quality of his agricultural business and increase the quantity of maize that it yields. In addition, Ibrahim hopes to maintain the health of his children by using the Babban Gona loan to access technologies to treat the maize he grows and eliminate the toxins in it so that it is safe and healthy for his children to eat. In the future, he would like to expand his maize farming business to include livestock and irrigation farming.
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Babban Gona Farmer Organization (Babban Gona) is a farmer services organization committed to lifting 5 million smallholder farmers out of poverty by 2030. It divides smallholder farmers into Trust Groups and delivers training and development services, inputs like seeds on credit and post-harvest marketing services. This Kiva loan will thus be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit. This system increases farmers’ yields up to 4 times the national average. In addition, Babban Gona markets its farmers’ produce to premium markets over the course of the year, ensuring that they receive the best price possible for their produce and have a steady flow of income year round. Kiva loans are used to help Babban Gona expand its services to more rural areas in Northern Nigeria.