A loan of $3,150 helped a member to buy cattle to be fattened.


Kuanputun A Group's story

Kuanputun A is a group of nine farmers from Bone Village – Kupang District of East Nusa Tenggara. This group is led by Oktofianus J., who is 30 years old. Oktofianus was born to a farming family. He is married and has been blessed with a cute daughter, Nadia, who is 3 years old. Oktofianus only has secondary education as his childhood was mostly spent on the farm rather than at school. He loves farming.

Oktofianus and his family live in a modest house. As a farmer, he relies on agriculture for income to meet his family's needs. He plants vegetables, tomatoes, chilies, bananas and coconuts on the farm. According to Oktofianus, vegetables and tomatoes are the most important agricultural products that he harvests and sells to traders. He works on the farm from 6 am to 4 pm every day. As the breadwinner, Oktofianus has to work hard to generate more income to provide his family, especially his daughter, with sufficient and nutritious food.

Oktofianus says that he doesn’t have to sell his agricultural products at the market since his customers come to buy directly from him. His customers mostly come from Inpres Market which is situated about 37 km from Bone Village. They usually come to buy his crops every two weeks. The income that he generates is unstable. He can generate up to 600,000 Indonesian rupiah (IDR) over a two week period.

Oktofianus has a goal to improve his family's standard of living, but he only has limited skills. He faces difficulties in meeting his family’s daily needs as food and other necessities are quite expensive at the market. This situation drives him to find other ways to better meet his family's needs. Recently he heard information about the TLM Cattle Fattening Program that assists poor farmers like him. He is interested in joining the program as he has fertile land where the grass grows well for cattle food.

Oktofianus is requesting a loan of 3,200,000 IDR to buy a young cow to be fattened over a 12 month period. Just like Oktofianus, the other group members are also requesting loans to buy young cattle so they can improve their quality of life.

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

In this group: Oktofianus, Simson, Selfiana, Marlinus, Melkianus, Satri, Yakoba, Lodia, Lebrine



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