Total loan: $3,475

Juma's Group

Chwele, Bungoma County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizers for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Juma's Group's story

Chebuna is a group of five group leader farmers in Chwele District. Juma has volunteered and was selected 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 56 other individual farmers represented by 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. Juma is a reliable member of the community. He is married with 10 children. Juma is 58 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 18 years to support his family. In addition to this, Juma is very active in his community and is involved in the prayer group. He described his harvest last year as good. He hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and to continue enjoying the success he is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages. The 2013 Long Rains season won’t be Juma’s first season with One Acre Fund. He first joined in 2008 and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods. As an active member in his community, Juma also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative. Juma plans to use future profits from the harvest to send his children to school. His life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because he was able to feed the family. Juma and the Chebuna 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.