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First Briquetting Machine Adopter in Myanmar Continues to Grow Business

Zin Mar Kyaw is an entrepreneur who started as an input retailer and invested her earnings in agricultural land. Starting with 25 acres, she now has rice planted on 180 acres. She saw the value of urea deep placement (UDP) technology and was the first in the country to purchase a briquetting machine via the Fertilizer Sector Improvement (FSI+) project…

Enterprising Young Woman Expands Her Agro-Input Business

Nay Nay Tun is an agro-input retailer in Phayar Gyi in the Bago Region of Myanmar. She is a young woman from an agribusiness family (her father farms rice on 25 acres, and her brother is a gram merchant). Her father encouraged her to open an agro-input shop because there was only one in Bago town. When she started at the…

Financial Toolkit for Women Being Introduced in Kenya

Farmers and rural entrepreneurs generally find it hard to access credit. Women find it particularly difficult, for a variety of reasons, e.g.: lack of collateral (e.g. title deeds), no credit history, and cultural stereotyping among others. 2SCALE interventions are designed to overcome these biases. Selection of project partners and beneficiaries is deliberately skewed in favor of women. Venues and timings…

Kadia Diawara: We Will Accomplish Great Things

My name is Kadia Diawara. I am a 46-year-old widow and mother to seven children. We live in Kouoro where we grow sesame to support ourselves. Our town is still young, but it shows great promise. In 2011, IFDC taught me and close to 100 other women important agricultural practices – practices that led to our harvest of about 5…

Ténin Kone – Our land may be poor but we are not

My name is Ténin Kone. I am a widower and the head of a household of 11 people, including six teenagers, who look to me for food, healthcare and tuition. Our livelihood depends entirely on fonio, a crop grown here in Mali. But the fonio does not always grow as we need it to. Sometimes, the land lacks the nutrients…

Saly Ouattara: How Cassava Changed My Life

My name is Saly Ouattara. I think I’m 39 years old, and life has given me 10 children: six boys and four girls. My entire life – from childhood to my marriage and until now – I have not had another job outside of farming. I have farmed for 20 years, on two parcels my in-laws have given me, a…

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