Meet Somaida, the Unstoppable!

>> Authored by Aminatou Diallo (Kiva Fellow)

I spent my time last week meeting incredible borrowers each of them with a very unique story of faith, survival and hope. But among them, one man’s story lingered with me and I could not shake his face off of my mind. The man is Somaida. A small and humble man with an infectious smile. As soon as we arrived, he along with his group members escorted us to his gardens and proudly showed us his parcels filled with onions, hot peppers and papayas. But what struck me the most about Somaida was his vibrant energy. He could not stop talking and swirling around and was beaming with pride as he walked us through the gardens

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After walking through Somadia’s gardens, we headed to his domicile and half way through, he stopped and looked at me and said “you know when we heard that a woman was coming to see us, we were petrified but after spending few minutes with you we feel very comfortable” He then went on to say that one of his dreams is to expand his activities which include transforming the bare land outside his compound into a big field of papayas. He stated that he is aware that might represent a challenge right now because a project of this kind requires a lot of money but he is also firm that lack of money is not going to stop him.

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Somaida with his wife and identical twin daughters in front of his compound

Next, the always gracious and brave Somaida took us yet to other parcels where he cultivates corns, onions and cabbage. He really is a hardworking man who performs long hours of labor duties but stated himself that he has no intention to slow down anytime. And his message to Kiva/Microstart “I am very thankful to Microstart/Kiva because the loan has helped to increase my production and as a result, my life has greatly improved and I have been able to pay my children school fees without any difficulty”

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Somaida’s other parcel where he grows onions and cabbage

 

Featured Image: Somaida (in the middle) proudly showing his parcels

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