A loan of $4,100 helped to obtain a maize milling machine.

Lemison's story

Lemison raises chickens in a small village in Kapiri Mposhi District, Zambia. He is requesting a loan for a maize mill to provide a maize milling service to over 200 families in his community.

The maize milling machine takes raw maize (corn) and creates a maize flour which is the staple food in Zambia. Most rural families in Kapiri Mposhi District grow maize on their small farms and store it and use it as their primary supply of food for the year. After the kernels are removed from the cob, they then have to be milled to create flour, which can then be boiled to make what is locally called Nshima. While only 29 years old, Lemison is already a well-respected member in his community and wants to expand his business to offer the maize milling service.

Rent-to-Own has done market research in Lemison’s community and has determined that the location for this equipment is ideal. The closest maize mill is over 13 km away, but is often broken down. This means most potential customers have to travel to other villages, and since most will walk or use their bicycles to travel to the maize mill, it is certain they will prefer to use this maize mill rather than traveling a longer distance.

Equipment such as a maize mill can be a major boost for many enterprising farmers and rural business owners such as Lemison, as it allows for him to diversify his business. Unfortunately, the upfront costs of such a maize mill are very prohibitive. Once he secures a loan, Lemison will be able to get a maize mill from Rent-to-Own, which will deliver the equipment to his farm, as well as provide training on how to use and maintain it.

This loan will help Lemison on the path to building up a viable business that can provide for his family and community throughout the year.

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