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Ishaku is a maize farmer and member of Babban Gona. Ishaku joined Babban Gona primarily to create a better future for his children: Bilhatu, Murna, and Hannatu. Ishaku is excited that Babban Gona offers a lasting solution to ending the cycle of poverty. For the first time, Ishaku will have access to quality inputs such as fertilizer and seed. Without this loan, he would be subjected to buying these products in the open market where the products are not only very expensive but are often diluted with external products such as sand. With access to high quality inputs, Ishaku can reap up to 30 bags/hectare, double the national average of 14 and earn up to $2000/ha: more than three times the average Nigerian farmer’s annual income. When asked how he plans to spend the income he will make this year as a Babban Gona member, he said, “I plan to use the money to expand my farmland.” Ishaku is not thinking about this year alone; he expressed that his long-term goal is to “become the most profitable farmer in my community”. With this loan, he is well on his way to achieving this goal.

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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. 

About Nigeria

  • $1,188
    Average annual income
  • 2
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    Nigeria Loans Fundraising
  • $5,882,325
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 161.8
    Nigeria Nairas (NGN) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $75 helped Ishaku to access high-quality inputs such as fertilizer and seed in order to double income and yield.
0% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jul 1, 2014
Jul 29, 2014
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