Opportunity International is increasing financial access and reducing poverty and hunger in sub-Saharan Africa through its innovative Agriculture Finance initiative. Four of every five Opportunity-supported farmers are achieving significant yield increases of up to 40%.
Martin is just one of these farmers who is farming smarter thanks to support from Opportunity International. For many years, he has tended to his rice farm to earn a living, but he struggled against drought and the rising costs of operating his farm as he tried to provide for his family. After joining Opportunity International, Martin received Opportunity loans in the form of seeds and fertilizer, giving him the inputs he needed to increase his yields. Martin was also connected to markets where he was assured the best prices for his crops, and he can spend less time bargaining with vendors. His loan repayment is also aligned with the day of his harvest – a result of Opportunity listening closely to our clients’ needs.
Martin continues to receive valuable training and advice from his Opportunity agricultural officer, who uses a tablet to measure his plot, track costs, monitor crop pricing and track productivity. He has already been able to save time by using his basic cell phone to manage his accounts, and in just one season, Martin increased his rice production by 1,700%. He also hired two field hands to assist with plowing, planting and harvesting, creating valuable jobs in his community. Now, Martin beams with pride when his children and grandchildren visit his farm and see the incredible progress he has made thanks to Opportunity.
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