With this loan, Mussa will be able to plant 10 hectares of maize, soya, and cowpeas on part of the university’s farm plot. He plans to use the profits he earns to pay for his fourth and final year of university, which is not covered under the scholarship, and to invest in increasing the area of land he cultivates next year. One day, Mussa hopes to own his own farm and equipment.
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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 CompanyAfrica 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.
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