A loan of $2,800 helped a member to buy cattle to be fattened.

Kuanputun B Group's story

Kuanputun B is a group of eight members in Bone Village – Kupang District of East Nusa Tenggara Province. It is situated about a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Kupang City. The community supports their family needs by farming and selling the agricultural products in the market.

This group is led by Natalia J., a 24-year-old lady. She was born and grew up in Bone Village. Because her parents are poor, Natalia only has a secondary education. She lives with her parents in a modest house. Natalia has two brothers and one sister: Antonius J., who is in Elementary School Grade 5; Bartasar, who is in Elementary School Grade 3; and Margarita, who is not at school yet. Her family relies on the agriculture sector to meet their daily needs.

As the eldest child, Natalia usually helps her father on the farm as her mother is recently unwell and her siblings are still too young to help her father on the farm. Natalia is a diligent girl; she usually spends her day on the farm, helping her father from 11 a.m. up to 4 p.m. Natalia and her father plant vegetables, cassavas, tomatoes and then water the coconut and banana trees. She also cuts dried leaves to make the plants grow well. She usually sells the agricultural products in the Inpres Market in Kupang City every Tuesday and Thursday. It is situated about 37 km from Bone Village. She usually gives the income she generates to her father to meet their daily needs and her brothers’ education costs. The income that she generates from selling the agriculture products is unstable, between IDR 300,000 to IDR 450,000 per week depending on how many crops she can harvest from the farm.

With the difficulties that Natalia and family face, she got information from the TLM Field Officer about the cattle-fattening program. As a poor farmer, Natalia doesn’t have enough capital to buy young cattle. She is very interested in joinging the Cattle Fattening Program. Natalia is optimistic that she can fatten the cattle well as she has cattle feed available on the farm that belongs to her father. Natalia dreams of improving her family's living standards and supporting her siblings’ education.

Natalia is requesting a loan amounting to IDR 3,200,000 to buy a young cow to be fattened over a 12-month period. Natalia is sure that the loan will provide her and the other group members with benefits in the future.

Note: Elias and Taroci were replaced by their family members when the picture was taken.

In this group: Natalia, Aminadab, Naomi, Taroci, Tece, Yakoba, Elias, Lorensius

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