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A seed to saw feeds a family in Uganda

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BENEFITING: OmPrakash Foundation

Godfrey Zaake

THE STORY:

Many smallholder farmer families entirely rely on farming for their subsistence needs and small size agro enterprises still struggle to get quality seeds to use to produce food for their families and don’t have access to small size loans that they require to be able to buy improved seed. Through the KISELO (basket) project, we are doing the little we can to give small-size non-interest seed loans to poor farmer families that they payback in three months after harvesting. The KISELO project is a not for profit village seed financing project initiated by Community Initiative For Integrated Rural Development to improve access to non-interest small size seed loans that many farmers lack to succeed in acquiring good quality seeds on time during planting seasons. With these loans being accessible by the smallholder farmer families especially those headed by women and youth, will be able to access improved and quality seeds at a very low price, the seeds will yield higher for increased farm productivity and thus increased food security and increased incomes for farmer families. With this small sized seed financing, women and youth shall be able to transform their subsistence farms into farm enterprise units that will generate incomes and sustain their livelihoods. “When I got my 2 kilograms of maize seed on credit in the last rain season of the year 2016, I was able to plant on time and catch the required rains which supported proper growth of my crop and lead to increased yields. I was able to pay back my small seed loan of $3.8 when I sold some of my harvest. My family will not have to work on other people’s farms anymore to get food as a reward” Mrs.Annet Nanjego, 78. ( Lwengo, Uganda)

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