Shida is a 30-year-old lady who is married and sells popcorn at the market near her home. The popcorn is sometimes sold by her first-born son after school when she is occupied.
Life hasn’t been easy for her and her family, as she only makes $60 per month and her husband earns $100 from his work. This is not enough income to sustain her family that is composed of seven members, two of whom are her children, and three are orphans she looks after. She has to send them all to school and be able to pay rent of about $35 per month.
Shida is requesting her first loan from kiva so that she can start a piggery business. She would like to purchase two sows and one boar and buy bags of cement for pig house construction. With the profits she will realize from this business, she hopes to build her own house, pay school fees for her children and the orphans she keeps, and support herself and her dependents in tertiary education.
Her dream is to become one of the biggest and most well-known pork producers in Malawi and buy a peanut butter machine so she can start making peanut butter to sell.
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.