Total loan: $2,125

Jactan's Group

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Chwele, Bungoma County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped To allow farmers the opportunity to buy cost efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.

Jactan's Group's story

Baraka is a group of 4 farmers in the Chwele District with Jactan selected as the Kiva representative. Jactan has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with his hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to him and the 34 other individual farmers represented in this group. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here but will be receiving an average loan of 5,349 shillings. Jactan is 79 years old and has been a farmer for 68 years. Jactan works as a farmer to provide for his 12 children. The community and other farmers know Jactan as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community such as the Men's Group, Savings Group, Prayer Group and the Burial Committee. Jactan described his harvest last year as good, but hopes he can have an even better one with the support of the One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group. Jactan joined One Acre Fund in 2011, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Jactan joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, earn enough to feed family and send children to school. Because he likes being a leader, and he is an active community member, Jactan wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Jactan has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Jactan's life because he has more profits from harvest, more farm training, has more farm group support, is able to save money and feed the family. In the future, Jactan hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send children to school, repair the home, save for the future, buy a cow and invest in a business. One Acre Fund focuses on working with smallholder farmers across Kenya. The organization pre-purchases seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the cost savings onto the farmers. Jactan and the Baraka Group will use the Kiva loan to cover this initial cost of purchasing the seeds and fertilizer package from One Acre Fund. One Acre Fund continue providing training and support throughout the planting and harvesting season to ensure a good harvest and repayment. 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.