Create a stock of animal feed to expand my farming business

Rabiou Hamidou

Niamey, Niger

100% repaid

Entrepreneur

Name

Rabiou Hamidou

Member since

April 2013

On-time repayments

32 installments  •  94%

About Me

I was born in Malbaza region of Tahoua, but I grew up in Dogondoutchi, region of Dosso where I attended primary and secondary school between 1984 and 1997. I took interest in business when I entered university in 1999 and since then I have been looking for ways to develop a huge business enterprise. The vision is to provide jobs to young people and reduce the prevalence of poverty, but also, to influence them for positive change and development. I had an early experience of youth work in the church where I was youth leader. In 2011 I started my work with YMCA to make difference in the lives of young people by empowering them. I am single and live in Boukoki II neighborhood in Niamey.

My Business

Beside my work, I run a business of animal rearing, which I started after following a business training by DBSP. Having a salary paid work is not all the time a guaranty of family life without financial problems especially in Niger. The business training contributed a lot to uncover my abilities and create self-confidence, trust, and the desire to be independent. Since I am not okay with my salary, doing business activities will be very helpful for me to cover my needs. I bought female sheep that I entrusted to my friend in the village. There is better facility to carry out the business and find labor in the village areas. But the difficulties include slow productivity and long term profit from outputs. Hence, my idea of starting this new business on cosmetics especially perfumes. The profit from this second business will provide additional investment to the first one in terms of enough animal feeding and vitamins. The success story of my businesses will definitely be a testimony to all young people to know that we can earn income and provide for our needs without asking help from others.
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My first loan from Zidisha has contributed a lot in the growth of my animal rearing business. I am grateful to Zidisha and to all lenders who have contributed in the success of my business through the first loan.
As my sheep keep growing in number, I wish to come for a second loan which again will allow me to buy vitamins, grass and animal feed to keep them well fed and in good health. I intend to set up a good enclosure to protect the animals from heat and rain during the approaching rainy season.
I pray God to keep blessing the Zidisha community as they continue the good work that helps the poor and most vulnerable to get out of poverty and improve their living conditions.

Loan Proposal

Dear lenders and Zidisha family,__Let me first say words of thank you and gratitude for the previous loans that you founded since the start of my livestock business. The loans really contribute in improving my social life because I was able to assist my parents from my revenues and run the business successfully which would have been impossible with only my remuneration. I wish to come again for a new loan to expand the animal business by building a stock of herbs and grass after harvest by farmers. I will buy 600 bundles of grass at 0.5 US Dollar each to store half to feed the sheep and the remaining half for resale at the price of 1.5 US Dollar 4 months later. A profit of around 400 USD can be reinvested in the business. Also 150 US Dollar will be used to buy a ram because the sheep are now grown and some probably in gestation. I have planned to buy one last year but was adviced to postpone. With the rest of the money from this loan I will be providing for veterinary care and additional feeds such as bags of wheat bran every month. And finally to the woman who takes care of my sheep I will offer a monthly motivation because she is mother in need of support to provide for her family. This loan will again contribute to success and meaning in my life and those who work in my business.__Thank you Zidisha and lenders and keep up the work

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About Me

I was born in Malbaza region of Tahoua, but I grew up in Dogondoutchi, region of Dosso where I attended primary and secondary school between 1984 and 1997. I took interest in business when I entered university in 1999 and since then I have been looking for ways to develop a huge business enterprise. The vision is to provide jobs to young people and reduce the prevalence of poverty, but also, to influence them for positive change and development. I had an early experience of youth work in the church where I was youth leader. In 2011 I started my work with YMCA to make difference in the lives of young people by empowering them. I am single and live in Boukoki II neighborhood in Niamey.

My Business

Beside my work, I run a business of animal rearing, which I started after following a business training by DBSP. Having a salary paid work is not all the time a guaranty of family life without financial problems especially in Niger. The business training contributed a lot to uncover my abilities and create self-confidence, trust, and the desire to be independent. Since I am not okay with my salary, doing business activities will be very helpful for me to cover my needs. I bought female sheep that I entrusted to my friend in the village. There is better facility to carry out the business and find labor in the village areas. But the difficulties include slow productivity and long term profit from outputs. Hence, my idea of starting this new business on cosmetics especially perfumes. The profit from this second business will provide additional investment to the first one in terms of enough animal feeding and vitamins. The success story of my businesses will definitely be a testimony to all young people to know that we can earn income and provide for our needs without asking help from others.

Loan Proposal

Dear lenders and Zidisha family,
Let me first say words of thank you and gratitude for the previous loans that you founded since the start of my livestock business. The loans really contribute in improving my social life because I was able to assist my parents from my revenues and run the business successfully which would have been impossible with only my remuneration. I wish to come again for a new loan to expand the animal business by building a stock of herbs and grass after harvest by farmers. I will buy 600 bundles of grass at 0.5 US Dollar each to store half to feed the sheep and the remaining half for resale at the price of 1.5 US Dollar 4 months later. A profit of around 400 USD can be reinvested in the business. Also 150 US Dollar will be used to buy a ram because the sheep are now grown and some probably in gestation. I have planned to buy one last year but was adviced to postpone. With the rest of the money from this loan I will be providing for veterinary care and additional feeds such as bags of wheat bran every month. And finally to the woman who takes care of my sheep I will offer a monthly motivation because she is mother in need of support to provide for her family. This loan will again contribute to success and meaning in my life and those who work in my business.
Thank you Zidisha and lenders and keep up the work

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Loan Info

Project Type

Classic Loan

Disbursed amount

$578.42

Date disbursed

Nov 19, 2015

Repayment status

On Time

Projected term

9 months

Cost to entrepreneur

Service fee: $29.22

Rabiou opted to pay $1.77 into the Zidisha Members Loan Fund in return for a higher starting credit limit.

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Oct 11, 2016

    Dear Zidisha,__I am wondering if you have received my emails at [email protected]__I made the payment since October 5th and attached a scanned copy of the receipt. Yet my loan profile is not updated and not receiving any response to my emails.__If any support is needed to identify the transaction, please do let me know.__Many thanks__Rabiou

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Oct 8, 2016

    Dear Zidisha and. Lenders, __I had difficuties in paying my last instalment due to financial issues but I made the last payment on October 5th. I still have stock of animal feed. __Thank you for support. God bless ! __Rabiou

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Jun 8, 2016

    Dear lenders,__Greetings from Niger. It is good that I am making repayment of my loans and the same time taking care of the animals successfully. In May the veterinary agent conducted two sessions of treatment and vitamins. he concluded that the animals are in good health.__On the other hand the investment in the stored animal feed is on the way to yield some gains. The appropriate moment to resell is near. I will keep everyone informed of the profit shortly. __Thanks to Zidisha lenders for the loan support that is contributing in the success of my business.__All the best__Rabiou

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    • Roy    Jun 8, 2016

      Rabiou,
      It is always nice to hear such good news....Thank you.

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      • Rabiou Hamidou    Jun 8, 2016

        Dear Roy,__Thank you for the reponse. I look forward to a long lasting Zidisha support and connection for more impact.__Regards

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Mar 22, 2016

    I want a change of date for the last repayment that I have not been able to do on time. This is due to bank transaction delay from my employers that comes at the wrong time when I have no savings. The transfer was made on 17 March so I am expecting my funds to the account in 1, 2, or 3 days. In few weeks I will resell the stock of wheat barn with profit. And this will bring enough money to repay higher instalments and feed the animals better.

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    • Roy    Mar 27, 2016

      Rabiou,
      You should know this space is for communication with lenders... I think you make the requested changes yourself. If you need help contact Adamou Yazi, your VM or Zidisha at [email protected]

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      • Rabiou Hamidou    Mar 29, 2016

        Dear Roy,__Thank you for your advice. Mr Adamou Yazi has travelled but I will contact Zidisha for assistance.__Regards__Rabiou

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Mar 1, 2016

    Dear lenders,
    Greetings from Niger. I wish to share the news of the birth of two sheep. The flock keeps growing, and this is fantastic!
    Thank you for your support.
    Rabiou

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Jan 3, 2016

    The stock of feed for resale and feeding

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Jan 3, 2016

    Dear lenders,
    I am pleased to share some updates about my livestock business at the beginning of this new year. Your support once again comes at the right time. With the loan, I was able to buy bundles of dry grass, though at a higher price than expected. I bought 5 bags of bran at 16 USD each to feed the sheep. A stock of 35 bags of dry feed at 12 USD each is constituted to store 25 for resale and use 10 to feed the animals. This will help me to prevent expensive expenses when the animal feed will be scarce and the price increases. Two sheep have given birth and two are in gestation. I contracted with a veterinarian for treatment and vitamins last Wednesday. Overall, I am happy the business is doing well, and I had great holiday celebrations. Many thanks to Zidisha and lenders!

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Jan 3, 2016

    Dear Zidisha friends and partners,
    Thank you for the good co-operation during the last year, for your support and encouragement. I wish you a happy and prosperous new year 2016!

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Oct 28, 2015

    Dear lenders,
    I wish to share my words of gratitude for this valuable support that you offered for the growth of my business. It is wonderful to benefit from this loan from all of you all over the world. I will be able to store feed for my sheep and take care of their health successfully through your support. I look forward to staying in touch with all, through comments and posts of encouragement. God bless the Zidisha family!
    Warm greetings,
    Rabiou

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  • mariamfula    Oct 15, 2015

    Dear Rabiou,
    I am new to Zidisha. Since I am well acquainted with Niger having spent time in Niamey and in Agadez, I am very encouraged to see how well you are doing. It is not easy for people in Niger with so much poverty and harsh conditions. It is wonderful to see your photos and read your updates on how your business is going. I too am grateful to Zidisha for giving us the opportunity to participate. Keep up the good work. I look forward to hearing how things are going.

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    • Rabiou Hamidou    Oct 15, 2015

      Dear Mariamfula,
      Thank you for your encouraging message. It is good to hear that you are familiar to the realities of Niger. We are working to reduce the incidence of poverty, and thank God partners are supporting. Yesterday, with the support of US Embassy in Niger and the university in Niamey, we trained 154 students in worldview shift and change of mindset to prepare them for a business training. Young people are more and more interested in entrepreneurship but need funds to materialise their business ideas. Thanks to Zidisha for giving opportunity to have loans. I will keep providing updates on how my business is doing and call on more lenders to support my loan. Thank you for your support.
      Regards,
      Rabiou

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Oct 11, 2015

    Dear lenders,
    I trust all is going well with everyone. Thank you again for accompanying me in my business venture which keeps running to my happiness and you all. Your support through the loan and encouraging words on my profile are the reasons for the success. The sheep are healthy because I have been able to provide feeds of various forms with the loan from Zidisha. This enables me to provide financially to my parents living in the village. Thank you, lenders and Zidisha. I am looking forward to your continuous support.
    Many greetings,
    Rabiou

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Sep 9, 2015

    Hello Zidisha and lenders,
    I spent some days (2 weeks) on vacation in August and used the opportunity to learn to play music with a guitar. Thanks again for your support of my business. It is going well and thank God for the abundant rainy season in Niger these days. The herbs are abundant during this period and my sheep are moving in open fields for grazing which is good for them. Thank you all for supporting with the loans and therefore giving me an opportunity to learn more from my enterprise of sheep rearing. It is good to discover the value of commitment in all entrepreneurial efforts.
    Warm greetings,
    Rabiou

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Jun 13, 2015

    Dear lenders,
    I trust you are all doing great in your entreprises. With the loan that I received, I am able to provide monthly feeding for the animals and it helps to keep them in health. Now it's the time to transfer the sheep to the village for grazing in the farm fields. The rainy season is starting.
    But here in Niamey where I live the weather isn't too kind, the temperature reaches 42 to 45 °C
    Thank you for support.
    Rabiou

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Apr 11, 2015

    Dear Zidisha lenders,
    Thank you for your support that enables me to keep runing the livestock business. The animal are in good health because I received the loan which helps me to buy enough food and vitamins. I am happy that the sheep are growing healthier and On the other hand I am repaying the loan little by little.
    I hope you all had great Easter. Here the holliday passed by unnoticed compared to Christmas.
    Stay blessed!

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Jan 7, 2015

    Zidisha family,
    I am attaching some photos as an update of how the business is going begining of this year. A small shed has already been constructed and animal feed purchased. The next step will be to buy more sheep from the rural market. And the second round of treatment will hold in two weeks time.
    I am so thankful to my lenders for their support that allowed me to carry out many promising activities this new year.
    Happy new year 2015 to everyone!

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  • Gabriele Lemcke    Dec 24, 2014

    Merry Christmas Rabiou !

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    • Rabiou Hamidou    Jan 2, 2015

      Dear Gabriele,
      Thank you for your support and having me in your thoughts during these holidays season. I hope the holidays celebrations were great in Germany. Here I had some days off to visit my family and it was nice.
      All the best.

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Dec 24, 2014

    A big thank you to all lenders and Zidisha team for the new loan that comes at the right time. This holiday season is a special one because of the support of Zidisha friends. I can order animal feed and do vaccination and other treatment for my sheep. More updates will come shortly.
    I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy new year!

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    • Catherine CatDesignz    Dec 24, 2014

      Merry Christmas Rabiou, hope 2015 is a happy and prosperous one for you

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      • Rabiou Hamidou    Dec 24, 2014

        Dear Catherine,
        Thank you for your seasonal greetings and wishes. I appreciate your support and hope you will keep trusting me and contribute to the development of my business even when I come for another loan in 2015.
        During this time of great joy and sharing may you enjoy the blessings of God!
        Rabiou

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  • Matt Zirwas    Dec 11, 2014

    Hi,

    My name is Susannah. I am 6 years old. I really like the picture of your sheep so my daddy and me decided to help you buy more sheep. I hope they stay healthy.

    Susannah

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    • Rabiou Hamidou    Dec 11, 2014

      Hi Susannah,
      I thank you for appreciating my profile picture. I am thankful to you and your Daddy for supporting my livestock project. I will be more than happy to share more updates and pictures in the next two weeks. Thanks again for being part of my business partners.
      Wishing you all the best, God bless!

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Dec 9, 2014

    Hello Zidisha lenders,
    I thank you all for enabling me to keep running my livestock rearing project. I am happy that I repaid my loan fully. I started with two sheep but as the number grows bigger I needed your funding to buy more animal feed, vitamins and treatment. I used the loan in buying dry herb and grass during the hot season when there was shortage of animal feed and the grazing fields becoming more and more distant. Fortunately with the help of Zidisha and lenders I was able to cover expenses of my animal business which I couldn’t have been able to afford based on my remuneration alone. I also used the money from my lenders to replace one sheep that died when trying to give birth. But it is good and encouraging news that other sheep give birth to female which will contribute in increase of the number of animals now seven. I am confident that in few years I will make this business a modern farmhouse, of course with your continual support in funding my business ideas.
    God bless Zidisha community.
    Rabiou

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  • Rabiou Hamidou    Dec 3, 2014

    Hello lenders and Zidisha community,
    I wish to thank you all for your support. My business is doing well because you allow me to borrow your money and invest in a livestock project. I like animals and I am happy that today I am able to own animal business and make repayment little by little.
    Many thanks to everyone and all the best.

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