A loan of $2,525 helped a member to buy 1,000 kg of potatoes, 500 kg of fertilizer, 1 pump, etc.

Dukundumurimo Group's story

Ms. Lydie is part of the group DUKUNDUMURIMO. The group's name means "We love work". Lydie is a potato farmer, 46 years old, and married. She has four children, of whom the oldest is 19, and the youngest is 7. All of the children go to school. She has another person to support and has a 8th grade education.

Lydie started working with the microfinance institution ACB in 2011 and is now on her second loan cycle. The loan granted enabled her to buy 1,000 kg of seed potatoes, 500 kg of fertilizers, and a pump for applying the fertilizer to the potatoes. What can cause problems in repaying the loan might be the sun or unplanned events, such as flooding or other bad weather.

For the future, Lydie has a strategy to request more loans with the goal of increasing her farm's capacity. To do so, she is going to buy more fields, and production will multiple.

With this strategy, she has the ambition of becoming a major farmer in the potato sector. She is going to continue paying her children's school costs and to build a house in which her family will live.

In this group: Eliab, Claudine, Speciose, Languide, Beatha, Laurence, Damarisi, Lydie, Speciose, Annonciate

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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