A loan of $3,925 helped a member to purchase more land to expand his tea farm.


Rugando Farmers And Traders Association Group B's story

Zepher is a tea farmer who has been plying his trade in Kihihi for seven years. This happily married father of six made a decision to engage in tea farming because most farmers in his district were doing banana farming. His reasoning not to take up banana farming was simple: With all the competition, he would be hard-pressed to establish a niche. Back then, the market for tea was not so big. That started changing in a short spell of time as more tea-making factories opened up, meaning that tea farmers like Zepher could sell their produce more easily. Most of these factories purchased tea from farmers like Zepher in bulk. The fact that there is a ready market now for tea leaves in many urban and rural centers has helped a lot as well. For now, Zepher remains as determined as ever to see more success come his way. The business generates him sales returns totaling up to UGX 260,000 monthy. On the side, he also sells sweet bananas. Zepher says he is requesting this Kiva loan to purchase more land to expand his tea farm.

In this group: Zepher, Jackson, David, James, Adiel, Milton, Erasto, Hope, Eliphaz, Zeldah*, Medard, Richard, Abel*, Benard
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