A loan of $500 helped to pay for a water pump kit for irrigation.

Roy's story

Roy, 43, is a farmer with eight 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.

For the past five years Roy has been in the business of farming vegetables for the local market. Currently he produces tomatoes, onions, and butternut squash. At the moment he is unable to grow large enough quantities to meet the high demand he has for his produce (especially for onions) due to his lack of a water pump for irrigation.

Equipment such as a water pump can be a major boost for many vegetable farmers such as Roy, 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. Once Roy 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, Roy will be able to expand his production to meet the local demand for some of his more popular vegetables, like onions. The use of a pump will also mean that he can irrigate a larger portion of land in less time and even be able to experiment with new crops.

Roy added that after he obtains a water pump he would like to start growing melons, which require more water but are very popular in the region.

It is for this reason Roy 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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