A loan of $800 helped to purchase potato seeds and chemical fertilizers, and pay workers.

Philomene's story

Philomène is 35 years old, married and the mother of four children. The eldest is 12 and the youngest four. Three of her children are in school, and she has no one else to look after. She was born in Rwanda, and completed six years of primary school.

Philomène began working with ACB in 2012, and this is her first loan. She will use the loan to buy seed potatoes and chemical fertilizers, and pay her workers.

She only anticipates difficulties repaying the loan in the event of bad weather or an epidemic. She will use chemical fertilizers and manure to increase her yield, and will consult the group agronomist for advice and recommendations regarding her farming. After following these strategies, she hopes to become a modern and professional farmer.

Philomène will continue to send her children to school and look after her family. In addition to her farming, she sells clothing from home.

Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Lucy Knight

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