A loan of $1,250 helped to buy seedlings, plastic and install a drip irrigation system.

Aleksei's story

Aleksei is from Kamenka. He and his family live in this town and are involved in a greenhouse business. This type of business is very popular in this part of the country, where many people make a living from running agricultural businesses. Aleksei has several large greenhouses, two of them are 60x14 meters and 30x20 meters. He also has three small and two greenhouses for seedlings. One of his greenhouses has heating and is used for seedlings. Aleksei has been involved in this business for 30 years. He invested about 70 000 hryvnia into the business. His annual expenses for seeds and plastic amount to about 25 000 hryvnia. Aleksei plans to invest the 10 000 hryvnia loan into a purchase of seedlings with 5 000 hryvnia and plastic with 4 500 hryvnia, and also into an installation of a drip irrigation system with 500 hryvnia. With time, Aleksei dreams of providing heating for all of his greenhouses in order to grow vegetables earlier and start sales in early spring.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Anna Sorokina-Hailey

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