A loan of $450 helped to buy fertilizers, seeds, and agricultural technologies to increase maize yields.


Usman's story

Usman, 45, is in his second year as a Babban Gona member. Last year, with the help of a Babban Gona loan he was able to access high quality fertilizer, improved seeds and mechanization services, which all improved his productivity and profits. This year, like all Babban Gona members, Usman has the opportunity to increase his yield and profit 3 times as much as the average Nigerian farmer through a Babban Gona loan which gives him access to high quality inputs such as improved seeds and fertilizers as well as storage services that give him the ability to sell his maize at a premium price. Usman is looking forward to growing his business in Pampaida village, Kaduna, and has his sights set on reaching a record yield 10 Mt per hectare this year.

Usman is confident that in addition to providing financial support for his family of 16 and improving their livelihood, his improved crops will benefit his children's health; by eating toxin-free maize they can lower their chances of contracting harmful diseases. In the next five years, he hopes the success of his farm will have brought about a permanent improvement in his family's standard of living through access to better education and a healthier lifestyle.



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