A loan of $4,200 helped a member to buy cattle to be fattened.


Tunas Baru A Group's story

Tunas Baru A is a group of 15 farmers in Bokong Village in the Kupang District of East Nusa Tenggara Province in Indonesia. This group is led by Stefanus A., a 38-year-old man. He is married with one mute son who is 10 and one adopted daughter who is 6 years old and studying in the elementary school grade 1. Both Stefanus and his wife work hard to fulfill their family needs. As a farmer, Stefanus leans upon his harvest to generate income for his family. In the rainy season, he usually plants corns, peanuts, cassavas, pumpkins, bananas and coconuts. And in the dry season, he usually plants some vegetables, onion, tomatoes and chilies. Then Stefanus and his wife will sell their harvest to the markets. The nearest market is situated about a 30-minute drive from their village. The road in Bokong Village where Stefanus lives is bumpy with many holes. It is hard for public transportation to serve this area in the rainy season; as a result the farmers in Bokong Village (including Stefanus) cannot bring their harvest to the market to be sold. The income that Stefanus generates by selling his harvest is unstable, that is one of the reasons why he is interested in the TLM cattle-fattening program. Stefanus plans to spend the profit of selling the fattened cattle to meet his daughter's education needs and to meet his family needs. Stefanus is requesting a loan from Kiva's partner TLM amounting to Rp 3,200,000 to buy young cattle to be fattened over a 12-month period. Just the same as Stefanus, the other 14 members of this group are also requesting loans to buy cattle to be fattened. All of them have a dream to have better lives through their involvement in the cattle-fattening program. Note: When the picture was taken, Marselina, Ribka and Lodia weren’t present.

In this group: Stefanus, Adonia, Aser, Charles, Marselina*, Musa, Ribka*, Tharianus, Yahya, Yermia, Yublina, Yufry, Yunus, Zet, Lodia*
*not pictured



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