A loan of $2,725 helped a member to buy cattle to be fattened.


Kuanputun A2 Group's story

Kuanputun A2 Group is a group of 8 farmers in Bone Village, Nekamese Sub District – Kupang District of East Nusa Tenggara Province. Bone Village is situated about one and a half hours' drive from Kupang City. Most of the community living in Bone Village have a background as farmers who always lean on agricultural products for supporting their family. Only a small number of the community lean on husbandry for meeting their family needs as it needs a big capital.

This group is part of a larger group of 15 cattle farmers. Due to recent devaluation of the Indonesian Rupiah, the group had to be split into 2 smaller groups to keep the loan size within the limit of $5,000 per group loan. Due to the remote location of the village, the partner was not able to re-visit the group for new pictures and an interview with a second group leader. The original photo has been split in half and the group leader mentioned is in the second sub-group currently fundraising on Kiva.

The community in Bone village usually consumes corn and cassava as their main food. They sell agricultural products such as bananas and coconuts in Inpres Market, which is situated about 37 km from Bone Village. The challenge for the community in this village is the availability of public transport to help them reach the market. The public transport only operates on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and there is no local market available in this village so it is quite difficult for the community to sell their agricultural products.

Kuanputun A is led by a 34-year-old farmer – Simson N.. Simson was born and grew up in Bone Village. He is a married man with 3 children. They are Dian N. 6 years old - in the first grade of Elementary School, Andhika N. 3 years old, and Alfian N., 1 year old.

As a farmer, Simson spends his days cultivating the farm. He plants peanuts, cassava, vegetables, coconuts and bananas on the farm. His family always relies on the agricultural products in meeting their daily needs. Simson’s wife also helps Simson by selling their agricultural produce but they only generate a meager income so Simson has difficulty covering the children’s education fees and their daily needs.

Just the same as the other community where the people have difficulty selling their agricultural products because of lacking transportation, Simson also faces the same problem. This difficulty has driven Simson to find another way to support his family.

The Cattle Fattening program becomes a preference for Simson to support his family, as it will benefit him after fattening the cattle for a certain period. Simson and the neighbors were really excited when they heard about the TLM cattle fattening program. Simson and his neighbors then decided to form a group to receive a loan so they can buy young cattle to be fattened. They are really interested in joining this program because the price of cattle is quite expensive in the market. They are sure the profits that will be generated from this program will help them cover the family's daily needs. They hope the loan will help them to improve their living standard and provide a bright future for their children.

Note: Yesaya and Matias were replaced by their family members when the group picture was taken.

In this group: Matias, Yesaya, Kornelis, Yermias, Kornalia, Petrus, Petronela, Nahor*
*not pictured



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