Asha is a hardworking single mother who lives with her six children in Morogoro, Tanzania. She has managed a rice farm for many years to support her family, but she has struggled to make ends meet ever since her husband passed away. Despite all of Asha’s hard work, she was not earning enough from her rice sales at the market to provide for all of her family’s needs. She knew that she could better provide for her children if she expanded the size of her farm and improved the quality of her crops, but she didn’t have the capital she needed.
Asha began to regain hope for her family’s future when she joined Opportunity International and received financial and agricultural training. She also received her first loan, which she used to purchase an additional one and a half acres of land, which she hopes will allow her grow more rice to sell at the market. She plans on weeding her land soon and applying fertilizers she also purchased to improve the quality of her crops. Although her farm is still in its early stages of growth, she is confident that she will be able to sell her crops for a larger profit so she can meet her family’s needs and give her children a quality education.