Meet Beatrice, a 36-year-old hardworking lady, who only went to junior primary school and dropped out due to the lack of money. She survives on the little profits obtained from selling tomatoes and charcoal. She makes approximately $148 per month. Living in a rented house that costs $21, she has to support her husband, who is physically incapacitated due to a road accident that resulted in the loss of his legs and pay school fees for her three children. One of her children is in secondary school. Recently, two of her children haven’t been attending school due to insufficient resources.
Beatrice is requesting her first loan from kiva to start a piggery business. She wants to use the loan to purchase two sows and one boar and buy bags of cement for constructing a pig house. She will use her profits from the current business to buy start-up feed and pay for labor. Beatrice has chosen pigs for their high fecundity, which will enable her to easily repay the loan after selling. She will be trained by SSLLP in pig production if her loan request is successful to ensure excellent management and sustainability.
With hard work and dedication, she hopes to improve her life and that of her family, and in the future, build her own house in future, support her husband and kids and boost the general nutrition for the family when she starts making major profits from the pig business.
More information about this loan
This loan is part of SSLLP's integrated agricultural package, which provides groups of borrowers with dairy cows, piglets and relevant training in dairy and pig farming. These loans are used to enable families of smallholder farmers with minimal sources of income to start piggery businesses by providing them with two sows and one boar, materials for construction of housing for the pigs, and a start-up veterinary kit. Loans will be repaid in cash from sale of piglets after a 5-month grace period. By supporting this loan you are helping create new opportunities for smallholder farmers.
About Small Scale Livestock and Livelihoods Program:
Small Scale Livestock and Livelihoods Program is an NGO in Malawi that is dedicated to contributing to the socio-economic empowerment of resource poor and vulnerable families by helping them achieve sustainable livelihoods through livestock, water and sanitation and environmental interventions.
Kiva’s partnership will allow SSLLP to expand their loan program and offer families the option of starting a piggery business by providing them with sows, a boar, materials for construction of housing for the pigs and a start-up veterinary kit.