A loan of $7,375 helped to purchase maize, soya, and cowpea seeds, fertilizer, and other inputs.

Mussa's story

Mussa is 24 years old and a third-year student at the Instituto Superior Politecnica de Manica (ISPM), an agricultural training college near Chimoio in Mozambique. Mussa’s widowed mother provides for his two brothers, two sisters, and him through subsistence farming, but she does not make enough money for school fees. Mussa had always wanted to go to school and originally wanted to study Mathematics, but he was only offered a scholarship for the agriculture program. He learned quickly, however, that he had talent at farming and could make a good living doing so. He earned $100 through his first practical experience growing peppers on a small plot.

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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