Total loan: $1,150
Kisii, Kisii, Kenya / Agriculture
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A loan helped to purchase a water tank.
A common perception is that water is an infinite resource. However, water scarcity is already a critical constraint to farming in many parts of the world, including Kenya. Geoffrey is a small-holder farmer in Kisii which is a primary banana and sugarcane production area in Kenya. He has a wife and a child who depend on him for a living. For the last 6 years, he has been involved in mixed farming. He grows crops and keeps livestock on his farm. His success in agriculture is highly dependent upon him having sufficient access to water. Geoffrey is seeking a loan to purchase a water tank. He is planning to harvest rain water during the rainy seasons and preserve it for the dry seasons. The majority of this water will be used for irrigation. An increase in irrigation usage guarantees an increase in crop production on his farm, which does not receive enough precipitation annually. Your contribution towards this loan will ensure vegetative growth and development of plants by provision of water in adequate quantity and at the right time. Livestock also have specific water requirements, and these vary depending on local conditions. A water tank for Geoffrey is useful for storage when water is in excess, and it also ensures continuous flow when there is a shortage. He is planning to spend the income generated from this asset to reinvest in better water conservation practices, such as drip irrigation for a brighter future.