Emelia George, Enyoman Hlordzi and Gladys Donu are three women farmers in Ada, an area two hours outside of Ghana’s capital Accra. In that area are small plots of land as far as the eye can see thanks to Opportunity's agricultural finance program. Emelia, Enyoman, and Glady's farms feature neatly planted rows of tomatoes, onions, and carrots. It takes a lot of effort to dig thousands of small holes and to place a single seedling in each one.
Opportunity loans have enabled these farmers to purchase irrigation systems, including an electrical pump and tubes (hoses), so they no longer have to carry buckets of water from the well to water the plants individually. There literally are not enough hours in the day to keep up with this backbreaking task. Instead, sprays of water shoot up from the black rubber tubes placed along the rows in these beautiful farms. And this scene is being repeated in six communities in Ada, where Opportunity serves 110 smallholder farmers, 55% of whom are women.
With irrigation, fertilizer, seed and manure purchased with the Opportunity loans you financed, Emelia, Enyoman and Gladys have expanded the size of their farms and the variety of crops they grow. They’ve received training which has helped them improve their farming methods. This has ultimately increased their crop production, their income and their ability to support their families. They also can afford to hire neighbors to help them clear more land and harvest their bumper crops.
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