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Bikram is 30 years old and lives with his parents and four brothers. He tried to do different work, but could not earn enough to live on his own and settle down. Eventually he began with the cultivation of rice since he hails from a traditional rice growing family. Seva MFI was a relief for him, because he could not get a loan from traditional banks. Bikram began planting rice on 6 hectares of land and this has now been expanded to 14 hectares. He is requesting a loan of SRD 10,000 for the purchase of new tires for his tractor. Furthermore, Bikram is saving for his own house.

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More information about this loan

This loan is part of Seva's effort to reach marginalized rice farmers who are excluded from Suriname's traditional banking system. This type of loan is designed to help agricultural entrepreneurs become self sustainable. This is especially important in Suriname, where microfinance is limited. These loans provide farmers with the opportunity to thrive in a country where rural and agricultural businesses are considered to be too risky for commercial loans.

About Seva Network Foundation

Stichting Seva Micro Finance Institute (Seva MFI) is an international organization that promotes entrepreneurship among poor and marginalized communities in developing countries. Seva MFI offers loans that enable farmers to purchase pesticides, fertilizer, farming tools and equipment to expand their farm plots and boost their incomes. In 2012, Seva MFI has disbursed over 650 loans to farmers in Suriname.


About Suriname

  • $16,700
    Average annual income
  • 11
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    Suriname Loans Fundraising
  • $704,625
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3.3
    Suriname Dollars (SRD) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $3,050 helped Bikram to purchase new tires for his tractor.
50% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 24, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
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