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

Doris's story

Doris, 41, lives in the farming region of Chibombo District with her six children. She has been running a small vegetable farm while also managing a grocery shop. Doris is asking for a Kiva loan so that she can buy a water pump to help irrigate and expand her small farm.

Using buckets, Doris has been drawing water from a nearby well to water her fields of green maize and onions. Over the past two years she has been selling her produce to markets in the nearby cities of Kabwe and Lusaka. While she wants to expand her farm further, she currently lacks a water pump.

Water pumps can be a major boost for small farmers such as Doris. 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 she secures a loan, Doris will be able to get a water pump from Rent-to-Own, which will deliver the equipment to her farm, as well as provide training on how to use and maintain it.

With a water pump Doris hopes to significantly expand her farm, while still having time to manage her small shop. She hopes to use the new profits from her farm to improve her shop while also support her children in school. It is for this reason that Doris is asking Kiva lenders to assist her with a loan so that she can secure a water pump as soon as possible.

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