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

Jeremiah's story

Jeremiah, 35, is a farmer from the Chisamba District in Zambia and the father of four children. He is asking for a Kiva loan so that he can purchase a water pump to irrigate and expand his farm.

For over five years, Jeremiah has been growing butternut squash, watermelons, and tomatoes that he sells to local markets. Using a nearby stream, Jeremiah has been watering his crops, but is limited in the area that he is able to effectively irrigate without a new water pump.

Water pumps can be a major boost for many farmers such as Jeremiah. They allow for farmers to continue growing high value crops, even in the dry season, while also expanding the size of their fields. Unfortunately the upfront costs of such a water pump can be quite prohibitive. Once he secures a Kiva loan, Jeremiah will get a water pump from Rent-to-Own, which will deliver the pump to his farm, and provide training on how to properly maintain and use the equipment.

Jeremiah plans to use the new water pump to expand his production to include green beans and cabbage. He will be able to use the new profits to continue to support his children who are attending school. It is for this reason Jeremiah is asking Kiva lenders to assist him with a loan so that he can secure a water pump as soon as possible.

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