A loan of $3,425 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer to increase better harvests of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Dickson's Group's story

Dickson is a member of this group in Busia District. He is pictured here in a group of 6 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 55 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Dickson has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with his hand raised. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left. Dickson 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 shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Dickson is married and has 9 children. He is 66 years old and is known as a friendly and reliable farmer. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group and the prayer group. Dickson has been a farmer for 12 years. Dickson described his harvest as good last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Dickson is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Dickson joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices and get fertilizer and hybrid seeds. Because he is an active community member and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers, Dickson has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Dickson's life because he has more profits from harvest, has more farm training and was able to feed the family. In the future, Dickson hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send his children to school and invest in a business.

Dickson and his 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.

In this group: Dickson, Eunice, Francis, Everlyne, Adel, Janepher

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