Total loan: $3,025


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Choma, Southern Province, Zambia / Agriculture

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Berry's story

Berry is an experienced maize (corn) and cattle farmer, with a family of 10 from Choma, Zambia. He is asking for a Kiva loan to buy a maize milling machine so that he can provide a milling service to 30 families/day in his community.

The maize milling machine takes raw maize (corn) and creates a maize flour, which is the staple food in Zambia. Most rural families in Choma grow maize on their small farms and store it and use it as their primary supply of food for the year. After the kernels are removed from the cob, they then have to be milled to create flour, which can then be boiled to make what is locally called Nshima.

Rent-to-Own has done market research in Berry's community and has determined that the location for this equipment is ideal. There is only one other maize mill in a 10km radius and more demand for maize milling than supply.

Equipment such as a maize mill can be a major boost for many enterprising farmers such as Berry. Unfortunately, the upfront costs of such a maize mill are very prohibitive.

Once he secures a loan, Berry will be able to get a maize mill from Rent-to-Own, which will deliver the equipment to his farm, as well as provide training on how to use and maintain it.

This loan will help Berry on the path to building up a viable business that can provide for his family and community throughout the year. It is for this reason Berry is asking Kiva lenders to help him with the loan so that he can secure a maize mill as soon as possible.