A loan of $550 helped hire labor and purchase superior quality paddy seedlings (menyewa tenaga kerja dan membeli bibit padi kwalitas unggul).

I Komang Sujana's story

In the previous year’s growing season, I Komang Sujana was diligent in his fertilizer and pesticide-selling venture. In the season mentioned, I Komang Sujana acquire adequate income and that income was used to improve his home, specifically the kitchen where the renovation is unfinished and the balance saved for the children’s education expenses. As during the season diligently selling fertilizer, his land is next to uncompleted and derelict. Currently the rainy season is appropriate and suitable time for planting. I Komang Sujana immediately take the initiative to resume working on his land while selling fertilizer. I Komang Sujana require funds to pay for the preparation of the land, as to cultivate the 1.5-hectare land he owned, required extra labor costing Rp. 25.000.- (about USD2.50) per day. Usually requiring a period of 5 days to complete planting with paddy. Besides paying for the labor, the mentioned funds are used to purchase superior quality paddy seedlings as I Komang Sujana hope for maximum yield. With 3 harvests per year, I Komang Sujana is optimistic his venture will be successful and all his effort expended to better the family’s welfare.

Translated from Indonesian by Kiva volunteer Pheng Tan

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