Horticultural farming

John Mwangi

Kahawa West, Kenya

100% repaid

Entrepreneur

Name

John Mwangi

Member since

September 2014

On-time repayments

53 installments  •  75%

About Me

I am currently in a stable relationship living with my girlfriend at Kahawa West.I work as a civil servant but also practise farming as a venture.I possess a Diploma in Purchasing and supplies from the Kenya Institute of Management(KIM).I started farming business to increase my earnings after realizing that the monthly salary was not enough.I also wanted to fulfill my want to become an employer and provide some source of livelihood to the unemployed.I use my business income to pay wages, cater for farm expenses and also help some needy people in our community.During my free time,i like to go swimming,watching football,taking adventurous trips and visiting the needy.

My Business

I am a civil servant but also practice farming as a business.i keep dairy cattle,keep layers and also horticultural farming(tomatoes,capsicum,kales,spinach and any other seasonal crop that is on demand in a particular season.The reason i choose these is that they are always in demand and their supply is never enough.the growing population always provides ready market for my produce.These customers prefer my fresh farm produce as it is well produced and they can attest to that.Challenges in these business include funding,emerging pests and diseases and insecurity.I try to manage the best i can to save my produce though sometimes it's tricky.On average,i run at monthly costs of $150 since am not that much established.i would like to expand this farm in order to improve the income.currently i make sales of about $400 hence making profits of about $250. I would like to increase these profits to over $1000 a month.I have never experienced losses in my business venture and therefore, i am confident that any loans from zidisha community will be serviced from my venture.in case of uncertainties,then my salary will help me repay my loans till the business picks up.

Loan Proposal

i would like to request this loan of $50 to fully finance my new horticultural farm.I have made some savings so far of $400 and am short of $80 to have enough capital to run my project till harvest time.i would like to use this cash to fund my tomato and capsicum project to be harvested in January/February next year. The funds are to cater for seedlings,labor and irrigation.I have seedlings already and will be ready for planting mid next month.I therefore request for your support to help me realize this dream.This cash caters for insurance in case the crops fail.

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Loan Info

Project Type

Classic Loan

Disbursed amount

$49.92

Date disbursed

Nov 3, 2014

Repayment status

On Time

Projected term

6 weeks

Cost to entrepreneur

Lender interest: $49.92 at 4.40% annual rate over 1 month = $0.29

Service fee: $0.24

Lenders

MindMuse

Talking Rock, United States

T

tobi

Stuttgart, Germany

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