Total loan: $250


Kaduna, KD, Nigeria / Education

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A loan helped to pay her children's school fees.

Rahila's story

Rahila is a maize farmer from Shukau village. She is happy to be a member of Babban Gona, a partner in the fight against poverty. Building on her previous input loan, Rahila expects to reap up to 35 bags/hectare of maize, double the national average of 18 bags/hectare in Nigeria.

Babban Gona will provide her with a harvest advance loan, a cash payment equal to the price of her maize at harvest, to help her meet pressing personal needs. During the harvest, Rahila will access key services, such as quality threshing and harvesting amenities, which will enable her to thresh her produce on time. This will ensure that pests, which can significantly reduce her harvest yield and subsequently negatively impact her income, don’t affect her produce.

With Babban Gona’s support, Rahila will store her maize at harvest and sell it for up to 40% higher than the market price. With her maize stored, she can generate earnings of up to $1,000/hectare, more than four times the average Nigerian farmer’s annual income.

With this cash advance and added income, Rahila will be able to pay her children’s school fees, enabling them to access quality education, which prior to her membership in Babban Gona, she would have had difficulty doing.