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

Christopher's story

Christopher, 50, is a teacher and farmer in Chibombo District, Zambia. For the past 5 years Christopher has been producing fresh maize and large quantities of watermelons that are sold to marketers in the capital city, Lusaka. He is asking for a Kiva loan so that he may obtain a water pump to be used to irrigate and expand his farm.

As a full-time teacher, Christopher has struggled to effectively irrigate his expanding farm. The addition of a water pump will offer a major change as he will be able to move water from his well to his fields in far less time – providing them with much needed water during the dry season. Unfortunately, the upfront costs of such a water pump are quite prohibitive, even for someone like Christopher, who has an alternative income stream. Once he secures the loan, Rent-to-Own will deliver the pump to his farm and provide Christopher with training on how to properly use and maintain the pump.

With the water pump, Christopher anticipates that he can nearly double his current production of fresh maize and watermelons. He hopes to use his profits to continue to support his children’s school fees and expand the number of chickens his family keeps on the farm.

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

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