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Citi Progress Makers: KickStart

Many farmers in Kenya make enough to survive but not enough to get out of poverty. KickStart International found that low-cost irrigation was the first step to changing that. 

In Kenya, 80% of the poor are rural farmers. KickStart International designed low-cost water pumps that allow farmers to grow high-margin crops year-round. This means the difference between producing just enough for their families to survive, versus having money left over for education, housing and savings. Citi has provided working capital, foreign exchange and transaction services to scale their operations across Africa and beyond.