A loan of $2,275 helped a member to buy fertilizers and pay the workforce for his rice farming.

Abesamihigo B Group's story

Athanase is a member of the Abesamihigo B group, as well as being its president. The name of the group means "People who achieve". He is 52 years old and married with six children between the ages of seven and 26 years old, five whom go to school. He has six years of primary education.

Athanase is a rice farmer and this is his third loan cycle with ACB. He says that his previous loan helped his farming activities significantly and that he did not encounter any difficulties in repaying his loan. He is going to use his loan to buy fertilizers and to pay labor costs relating to his rice farming activity.

He is planning to ask for other loans so that he can expand his rice farming activity. In the coming years he would like to become the most significant rice producer in the region. With the profits he makes he is planning to pay for his children's schooling .

In this group: Athanase, Leother, Claude, Anicet, Froduard, Boniface, Théodore, Clement, Vincent, Nerson

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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