Total loan: $300


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Kaduna, KD, Nigeria / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase improved farm inputs that will increase his farm yield.

Zachariah's story

Zachariah is a 38-year-old hardworking maize farmer who lives in a modest mud house with his wife and 4 children in a small village in Kaduna state. Previously, despite toiling for long hours on his farm, Zachariah was only able to feed his family 2 meals a day. Now that he is a Babban Gona member Zachariah will, because of this loan, be provided with higher-yielding seeds that are locally adapted, and are widely accepted in his local community. He will also have the recommended pesticides and fertilizers based on the results of his field assessment. This will enable Zachariah to optimize his yield, where he can attain yields of up to 3.8 metric tonnes per hectare; 2 times the national average in Nigeria. This will not only increase his income earnings 2.8 times the national average but also ensures that Zachariah can continue to provide for his family. Zachariah will use the income generated from his maize sales this season to purchase additional farmland so as to expand his maize farming operations.