Oumardjan is a farmer in Daman Village. He is 41 years old and married with 7 children. He is a 1st year farmer with myAgro and plants maize. Oumardjan would like to take a loan for a semoir, which is a local seeding machine that has 2 boxes: one for seed and one for fertilizer. The semoir is attached to a cow that will pull the semoir along the field, and there are diggers and a pipe behind each box that will place the correct amount of seed and fertilizer the right distance apart. This enables farmers to plant using the micro-dosing method of planting – using a small amount of fertilizer per plant instead of the traditional method of broadcasting fertilizer. This is less expensive since it uses less fertilizer and is much better for land sustainability as well. myAgro hopes that by providing the semoir on loan, Oumardjan will be able to increase the amount of land he plants using the micro-dosing method and significantly increase his farm income.
Oumardjan would like a semoir because it will help him do his work more quickly and is less expensive than hiring manual labor. Before, Oumardjan planted manually which was time-consuming and made it difficult to grow enough food to meet the needs of his family. Oumardjan says, “My dream is to harvest well, take care of the family and sell a little of my harvest for other expenses or other opportunities, like buying land to plant.” Oumardjan says myAgro helps him reach his goals by providing good agricultural trainings and follow up. Oumardjan will also be able to rent his semoir to others to earn extra income. All semoirs are covered by a 2-year guarantee that covers most repairs within a 1-week time period.
myAgro is a startup nonprofit organization in West Africa that enables farmers to purchase high-quality agricultural inputs - certified seeds and fertilizer - on layaway through an SMS-based platform and a network of local vendors. Additionally, the organization helps farmers to increase their crop yields by using more effective seeding machines. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to help these farmers afford more labor-reducing and cost-effective seeding machines through loans with low interest rates so that they can increase their yields and improve their quality of life.