Total loan: $5,875

Jentrix's Group

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Matete, Kakamega County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.

Jentrix's Group's story

Jentrix is a member of this group in Webuye District. She is pictured here in a group of eight One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 85 individuals One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Jentrix has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative, and she is standing on the right with her hand raised. She 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. Jentrix is 50 years old and has been a farmer for 25 years. Jentrix works as a farmer to provide for her 11 children. The community and other farmers know Jentrix as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, she is also involved in her community activities such as the women's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. Jentrix described her harvest last year as excellent but hopes she can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group. The 2013 Long Rains season won’t be Jentrix’s first season with One Acre Fund. She first joined One Acre Fund in 2012 and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, and earn enough to feed her family and send her children to school. As an active member in her community, Jentrix also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she likes leading as well as wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Jentrix plans on using future profits from the harvest to send her children to school, repair the home, save for the future, buy a cow and invest in a business. Her life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because she has more profits from harvest, more farm training, more farm group support, and the ability to save money and feed the family. Jentrix's group needs 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. Please note that there are 3 additional group leaders in this photo that will be working with One Acre Fund but will not be a part of this Kiva group loan. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.