A loan of $225 helped to buy a drip irrigation set.


Shivaramareddi's story

Shivaramareddi is a 60-year-old farmer from Devaraguddapalli village in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka. Agriculture is very important in this region and is the main source of his income. Shivaramareddi is a highly experienced farmer who grows tomatoes, sunflowers, chilies and various other crops.

Shivaramareddi lives with his spouse and two sons as well as his brother’s family, totaling nine members in all. In all his years of farming, Shivaramareddi has never requested a loan. After being introduced to drip irrigation technology from a local manufacturer (Driptech), he was impressed by its ability to save water while potentially increasing his yield by 20-50%. He wishes to take out a Kiva loan in order to purchase and implement this system in his fields.

Shivaramareddi is very happy to use more Eco-friendly and sustainable technology that will also bring him more profit to re-invest and improve his family's lifestyle.



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