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Leonel is 20 years old and in his second year studying animal science at the Instituto Superior Politecnica de Manica (ISPM), an agricultural training college near Chimoio in Mozambique. Leonel is an orphan, has two brothers, and currently lives with his grandmother in Chimoio. He originally wanted to study civil engineering but didn’t have enough money to pay for the courses. He eventually got a scholarship to study agriculture and is now happy, as he enjoys his studies and appreciates the support of the lecturers.

With the loan, Leonel will plant 6-10 hectares of maize, soya and cowpeas. With the profits he earns, he hopes to pay for his fourth and final year of university, which is not covered by the scholarship, and to also help his grandmother by buying inputs for her small plot of land. Leonel knows that a university education will help him to develop the skills he needs to be a successful producer. His ambition is to own his own farm and to rear animals. Leonel dreams big – he wants to be the best producer in his area and to supply the whole country.

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More information about this loan

Kiva's support will finance the direct crop and services costs for each participating farmer, including financing their first small student plots. The loan will pay for all necessary inputs and associated services from end to end. These expenses include: seeds, fertilizers, and herbicides; land preparation, planting, and spraying; and harvesting, bagging, and transport of crops. An innovative component of the loan product is a weather insurance feature, which is covered by the interest fee on the loan. Weather index insurance is purchased on behalf of the farmers at the beginning of the planting season, and if aggregate rainfall in the critical months of January and February falls below a certain level, the farmers fully recover their direct crop costs.

About Africa Agricultural Development Company

Africa Agricultural Development Company (AgDevCo) is a nonprofit venture capital organization that invests to create successful agribusinesses. Their mission is to relieve poverty directly and indirectly by raising agricultural productivity for rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly by investing in smallholder farmers. Kiva’s support will finance the direct crop and services costs for each participating farmer, including financing their first small student plots.

AgDevCo joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.

About Mozambique

  • $1,200
    Average annual income
  • 64
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    Mozambique Loans Fundraising
  • $3,101,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 29.8
    Mozambique Meticais (MZN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $3,700 helped Leonel to purchase maize, soya, and cowpea seeds, fertilizer, and other inputs.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Dec 3, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 26, 2013