Total loan: $4,700

Martin's Group

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.

Martin's Group's story

Martin’s group has eight farmers and is located in Chwele District. The group leaders in this group represent a total of 76 individual farmers (not pictured) who are each asking for an average loan of 5,349 shillings to purchase a One Acre Fund package for ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Martin is pictured on the right of the Toloso Group with his hand raised. Martin is married and has eight children. He is 46 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable, and trustworthy. He is active in his community in groups such as the prayer group. Martin has been a farmer for 30 years. Martin is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Martin joined One Acre Fund so that he could get new farming methods and earn enough to feed his family. Martin has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Martin's life because he has more farm training. In the future, Martin hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send his children to school. Martin and the Toloso 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.