A farmers’ cooperative in rural Kenya commissioned a new crop irrigation system, one made possible through an agricultural lending product developed by World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and the Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives Ltd. (KUSCCO).
The irrigation system, consisting of a borehole and solar pump, will allow the 90 members of the Kanoto Horticultural Farmers’ Cooperative to produce French beans for commercial sale.
The farmers’ cooperative utilized “KILIMO”—a loan product WOCCU developed in collaboration with KUSCCO through a USAID Cooperative Development Program (CDP) project—to finance the construction of the system.
The KILIMO product consists of:
“It is always inspiring to see our CDP projects result in financial products and services people can easily access and utilize to improve their quality of life,” said Thiboutot. “This irrigation system will enable 90 farmers to grow their businesses and help provide for their families.”