A loan of $825 helped to buy fertilizer.

Banabas's story

Banabas is a tea farmer aged twenty eight years old. He works three days in a week and gives the farming business an average of eight hours of work per day. His tea garden is located in a rural area in Kyamuhunga where he has been since 2009.

He started the business with the objective of getting income to cater for his family. His major customer is the tea factory which buys all his tea. In addition to tea farming Barnabas also owns a butchery that gives him additional income which he uses to cater for the needs of his family.

He would like to use the loan money of two million (2,000,000) Ugandan shillings to buy fertilizer, so that he can boost the fertility of the soil and hence harvest more tea.

He hopes to expand his business in future and he believes that then his profits will be much more than what he gets presently. Unfavourable weather is his major challenge since this affects his gardens, especially in the rainy season. But despite the challenges he faces now, he is hopeful that he will beat the odds and make money from growing and selling tea.

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