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

Francis's story

Francis, 44, is a farmer with four 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.

Francis has been farming vegetables for local and regional markets for more than five years. Currently he produces fresh maize, greens, peppers, and a local eggplant called ‘Impwa.’ While demand for his produce is high, he is unable to produce more due to the lack of a water pump for irrigation. To water his crops, Francis must hire a pump from a friend in the community.

Equipment such as a water pump can be a major boost for many vegetable farmers such as Francis, as it allows for increased production and more predictable yields due to irrigation. Unfortunately, the upfront costs of a pump can be very prohibitive, and local retailers do not provide training on how to maintain or use water pumps. Once Francis secures a loan, he will be able to obtain 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 his own water pump, whether in the rainy season or dry season, Francis will be able to grow and sell his produce throughout the year. 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 costs of having to hire a pump from elsewhere.

Francis added that as he starts producing more vegetables, he will be able to extend his business to serve markets in Lusaka, the capital.

It is for this reason Francis 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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