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

Vincent's story

Vincent, 51, has seven children and is an experienced farmer in Chibombo District, Zambia. He has been producing fresh maize, watermelons, onions, and butternut squash for the past 10 years. He is asking for a Kiva loan so that he can obtain a water pump to be used to irrigate and expand his farm.

Equipment such as a water pump can be a major boost for many vegetable farmers such as Vincent, as it allows for increased production and more predictable yields due to irrigation. Unfortunately, the upfront cost of such a water pump can be very prohibitive. Once he secures a loan, Vincent 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, Vincent will be able to irrigate his crops in less time while also expanding his farm. He hopes to be able to produce enough to hire a vehicle to transport his crops to sell at a major market in Lusaka, the capital city. Vincent plans to invest the new profits in animals, which can also help him to plough his fields in future years.

It is for this reason Vincent 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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