A loan of $5,250 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Andrew's Group's story

Andrew is a member of Bulala Group in Chwele District. He is pictured here in a group of 8 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 72 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Andrew has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with his hand raised. He and the other farmers represented in this group are each receiving ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of 5,349 Kenyan shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Andrew is 70 years old and has been a farmer for 40 years. Andrew works as a farmer to provide for his 9 children. The community and other farmers know Andrew as friendly, hardworking and trustworthy. Other than farming, he is also involved in activities in his community such as the men's group. Andrew described his harvest last year as excellent, but he hopes he can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group.

Andrew first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2011 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Andrew joined One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods, earn enough to feed family, earn enough to feed the family and send the children to school. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he wants to help more One Acre Fund farmers. Andrew plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school, buy a cow and invest in a business. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Andrew’s own life was improved because he was able to save money and feed the family.

Andrew and the Bulala Group need a loan to cover the initial costs of purchasing the seeds and fertilizer through One Acre Fund. One Acre Fund will repay the Kiva loan on behalf of the farmers through the profits from the farmers’ harvests. One Acre Fund pre-purchases the seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the cost savings to the farmers. Throughout the planting and harvesting season, One Acre Fund also provides training and support to the farmers as they make payments back to One Acre Fund. With support from One Acre Fund and your loan, these farmers will have a chance at a successful harvest, increased profits and improved lives.

The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

In this group: Andrew, Carolyne, Ben, Agnes, Cyprian, Priscila, Joseph, Judith

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