A loan of $375 helped cultivating 1.5 hectares in corn (maize) and hot peppers.

Celestin's story

Celestin D., 39, is a farmer, married and the father of four children, of whom one is enrolled in school. He lives in the district of Houedome, one of four enclaves that make up the township of Dangbo, more precisely, in the village of Ahovilekome.

He works his field after the river waters recede. His primary activity is growing maize (corn), niébé (cowpeas), vegetables, okra, and tomatoes. In general the population works growing market gardens after the river waters recede and during the rainy season.

The local practice of selling off crops before the harvest does not provide them with security, on the contrary, it bankrupts them. This practice involves selling the future harvest at rock-bottom prices to an affluent person to get hold of the money required for farming. Tired of this practice, he has asked for a loan of 190,000 FCFA to farm about 1.5 hectares of the aforementioned crops.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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