Basiru is a maize farmer and member of Babban Gona. Basiru joined Babban Gona primarily to create a better future for his children: Muhammad, Habiba, and Abdulhakim,. Basiru is excited that Babban Gona offers a lasting solution to ending the cycle of poverty. For the first time, Basiru 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, Basiru 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 build a better home.” Basiru is not thinking about this year alone; he expressed that his longterm goal is to “ensure other members of my community are lifted out of poverty”. 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.