Abdala Mrisho Mmari lives with his wife, Aisha, and their children in Dakawa, Tanzania. Abdallah started his own rice farm two years ago on four acres of land he purchased, growing and harvesting rice to sell at the local markets to earn a living. However, Abdala found that his farm was not producing enough rice for him to provide for his family. He was determined to improve his farm’s production, but he did not have the capital he needed to purchase fertilizers and other inputs for his crops.
Abdala decided to join Opportunity International where he received valuable training and his first loan, which he used to purchase fertilizers and pesticides for his farm. The quality of his crops improved and he was growing more rice per acre, which helped him earn a larger profit at the market. He used his earnings to pay his children’s school fees and to purchase new uniforms, and he plans on eventually purchasing another acre of land. He intends to use his current loan to invest in more pesticides and fertilizers so he can continue to increase the yield of his farm.