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


Katani's story

Katani, 46, has seven children and is a farmer from Chibombo District, Zambia. He is asking for a Kiva loan so that he can buy a water pump to irrigate his vegetable crops. Using buckets, Katani has been able to draw water by hand from a nearby well and irrigate his green peppers and a local eggplant called “impwa.” For the past six years he has been able to sell his produce at several local markets and in the capital city, Lusaka. Without a water pump, however, it is difficult for him to further expand his farm. Water pumps can be a major boost for farmers such as Katani. A water pump allows for farmers to water their crops more regularly, while also increasing the area they are able to cultivate. Unfortunately, the upfront costs of such a water pump can be very prohibitive. Once he secures a loan, Katani 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 water pump, Katani hopes to significantly increase the area of his fields, and in turn, increase his profits. He hopes to use the profits to pay for school fees as all seven of his children are of school age. It is for this reason Katani is asking Kiva lenders to help him with a loan so that he can secure a water pump as soon as possible.



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