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Zakariah
Zakariah remembers not being able to feed his family during a particularly bad harvest. This was before he became a Babban Gona Member. Now, Zakariah, like all Babban Gona members, can earn up to $2000/ha this season from growing maize, more than three times the Nigerian farmer’s annual income. The average Babban Gona farmer yields 30 bags/hectare, double the national average of 14. However, Zakariah is ambitious and is aiming to reap 35 bags per hectare this season. “In 5 years, I want to become the most profitable farmer in my community” expressed Zakariah. With this loan, Zakariah is well on his way to achieving this dream.

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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. 

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  • $1,188
    Average annual income
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  • $5,856,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 161.4
    Nigeria Nairas (NGN) = $1 USD
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This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $125 helped Zakariah 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
Pre-Disbursed:
Jul 3, 2014
Listed
Aug 2, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible