A loan of $500 helped to pay for a water pump kit that will be used for irrigation.


Trust's story

Trust, 48, is a farmer with two children from the farming area of Chibombo District, Zambia. He is asking for a Kiva loan to buy a water pump so that he can irrigate his vegetable farm.

Trust has been farming vegetables to sell at local markets for more than seven years. Currently he produces butternut squash, green peppers, and cucumbers. He has even found a buyer at a major market in the capital city who wants to purchase large quantities of watermelons. Unfortunately, without his own pump, Trust is unable to meet this demand.

Equipment such as a water pump can be a major boost for many vegetable farmers such as Trust, as it allows for increased production and more predictable yields due to irrigation. Unfortunately, the upfront cost of productive equipment such as water pumps can be prohibitive, forcing many to do the labor-intensive task of watering by hand, or through occasionally hiring a pump. Once Trust secures a loan, he will be able to get a water pump from Rent-to-Own, which will deliver the equipment to his farm, as well as provide training on how to use and maintain it.

With a pump Trust will be able to increase his production and even expand into growing different crops. The use of a pump will also mean that he can irrigate a larger portion of land in less time and not be restricted by the labor-intensive task of carrying water by hand to his field. Trust is eager to expand his production so that he can effectively supply the larger markets in Lusaka, the capital city.

It is for this reason Trust is asking Kiva lenders to help him with the loan so that he can secure a water pump as soon as possible.



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