Seidu Ndebugri lives in Garu, in the North East of Ghana. He works farming the land with his wife, and together they have four children. Seidu previously struggled to keep up with demand from the community for his crops, despite working 60 hours a week, due to the lack of productivity on his farm. He wanted to invest in the farm as its income was not enough to provide for the whole family, especially as Seidu was supporting his children through school.
Having heard about Deki, Seidu applied for a loan of GHS500.00 (£94) to help him improve the business. He used it to buy fertiliser, seeds and farming tools such as hoes and piping to assist him with growing onions and tomatoes.
Piping was an extremely smart investment for Seidu, it not only increased the productivity of his land but is also making it more sustainable. Deki train our farmers in techniques to make their land more environmentally efficient, drip irrigation using piping is one of our biggest tools to achieve this. Instead of spreading water on his land with a bucket, Seidu uses his new pipes to target the roots of his okra and aubergines. Rather than using 15 buckets of water, he only needs to use one, but for the same amount of growing potential!
The soil in Ghana is deficient in a lot of the nutrients Seidu needs to grow a consistently great crop. Which can be an obstacle to a reliable income. But using his Deki agricultural training in micro-fertalisation, Seidu started to ween his land off fertiliser, and instead began using a new sustainable technique he has been taught, which involved composting his old unsold yield around the perimeter of his land and using a minimal amount of fertiliser. This is cost effective for Seidu, helps him get the most out of his land quickly and is much better for the environment.
As he now had the tools and materials necessary to harvest the vegetables Seidu’s yield doubled in comparison to the previous years. He has currently harvested nine bags in one year; a big increase on the four bags he had previously produced in the subsequent six years and, additionally, the size of his farm expanded from one hectors to three hectors.
Seidu then went on to increase the number of farms he had due to the improved capital he was generating. The increase in capital, farm size and the number of farms enabled him to introduce new crops into his farms such as okra, aubergines and rice and by growing more vegetables, the business continued to expand.
A variation in crops led to a large increase in the income when compared to the previous years. He was even able to hire extra labour to help him on the farms, which both increased the levels of his own farming activities and also enabled him to impact the lives of other members living in the community.
The income Seidu made from the farm was used to pay the admission fees for one of his children to go to High School and saw the family’s food and income security level increase to 80 %. He said; “This life change brought much joy to me and the family as a whole”.
Seidu went on to say “I will like to use this opportunity to say a big thank you to Deki officers and my lenders for their support in my life and that of my family. I encourage Deki to continue to provide loans for the rural poor because the programme is very much helpful”.
He finished by saying “Deki loans!!!!!!!!!!! The Key To success!!!!!!!!!”