Total loan: $50,000

Cycle Connect

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Kampala, Central Region, Uganda / Agriculture

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A loan helped rural farmers in Uganda utilize oxen and bikes to increase their income.

Cycle Connect's story

This loan may have a higher risk but higher impact. Learn more here. Sub-Saharan Africa has 25% of the world's arable land but only produces 10% of agricultural output, in part because of vast inefficiencies throughout the agricultural supply chain. Tilling of land is often performed by hand and can take 30 days. Financing for farmers to invest in equipment is limited. Based in Northern Uganda, Cycle Connect provides rural farmers with productive assets to increase productivity. Productive assets, such as bicycles or ox and plow, can shorten the tilling process significantly, from 30 days to 3 days in the case of oxen. This helps farmers better plan for rain, creates more resiliency, and allows for deeper digging and more rain penetration to better saturate the seeds. Farmers can expand what they are tilling 2 to 3x the amount of land using oxen. To date, Cycle Connect has served over 5,000 farmers and measure $1.3M in additional income for the farmers served across the useful life of the asset. This Kiva loan of $50,000 will enable Cycle Connect to provide bicycles, ox & plow, and motorcycles to more than 400 farmers on credit next year.