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Loans for Mechanized Equipment Turn Around Lives of Smallholders in Zambia

Small-scale farmer receives tractor
From months to minutes
Building a House
Paying back the loan
Renting the tractor
Preparing the land
The difficulty of obtaining mechanized equipment
Grimsdale and his customer

In 2010, small-scale farmer Grimsdale Chonpure (53) received a loan through WFP's partner Dunavant Zambia Limited (DZL) to purchase a tractor for ripping and ploughing, as part of WFP's Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative in Zambia. Grimsdale outsources the tractor to other farmers in his Chongwe district community. Typically reliant on animal-drawn equipment for land preparation, farmers are able to significantly boost productivity and save time by using the machine.