A loan of $2,375 helped a member to buy cattle to be fattened.

Kuanputun A1 Group's story

Kuanputun A1 Group is a group of 7 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 community living in Bone Village have a background as farmers who depend on agricultural products to support their family life. A small number in the community depend on husbandry in meeting their family needs as it requires a large amount of capital.

This group is part of a larger group of 15 cattle farmers. Due to the 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. The original photo has been split in half.

The community in Bone village usually consumes corn and cassava as their main food. They sell agricultural products such as bananas and coconuts at the market in the town of Inpres, 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; Dian N., 6 years old is in the first grade of Elementary School, Andhika N. is 3 years old and Alfian N. is 1 year old.

As a farmer, Simson spends his days cultivating the farm. He plants peanuts, cassavas, vegetables, coconuts and bananas. His family has always relied on the agricultural products to meet their daily needs. Simson’s wife also helps by selling their agricultural products but they generate only a small income, so Simson has difficulty to finance the children’s education fees and their daily needs.

Simson also faces the same difficulty as the rest of the community, the difficulty of selling their agricultural products inspite of the transportation problem. This difficulty has driven Simson to find another way to support his family life.

Simson has chosen The Cattle Fattening program to increase his income to support his family life. Simson and his neighbors were really excited when they heard about the TLM cattle fattening program. Simson and his neighbors decided to form a group to receive a loan so they could buy a number of young cattle to be fattened. They are really interested in joining this program because the selling price of cattle is quite high in the market. They are sure that the profits that will be generated from this program will help them meet the familiies daily needs. They hope the loan will help them to improve their living standard and provide a bright future for their children.

In this group: Simson, Yohanis, Koenelius, Yosafat, Martinus, Agustinus, Ories*
*not pictured

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