A loan of $4,900 helped to buy new hoses and coal for heating greenhouses.

Sergei's story

Sergei owns a sizable business; he has many greenhouses where he grows tomatoes and cucumbers. In the courtyard, he has a beautiful house with impressive cleanliness and order.

Last fall, thanks to a loan from Kiva, Sergei installed a heating system and greenhouses, and was very happy with them. In March, he planted cucumbers and spent night and day heating the greenhouses. He was expecting a successful harvest, but over time he noticed that the plants were not growing actively. He measured the temperature, and it turned out that the soil was not warm enough. Sergei was concerned because cucumbers are heat-loving plants, so he began to investigate the problem. He discovered that the heating pipes had leaks, and thus were half empty. Sergei was disappointed; the harvest began much later and he lost profit.

Now Sergei is requesting a loan of 40,000 UAH in order to buy new, quality hoses, as well as coal for heating. Sergei is hoping that next year, everything will work correctly -- after all, he loves order!

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Katie M

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