Total loan: $2,100

Mark's Group

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Busia, Busia, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped To purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer.

Mark's Group's story

Mark is a member of this group in Busia District. He is pictured here in a group of three One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 34 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Mark has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with his hand raised. He 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 KSH 5,349 for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation. Mark is not married and has no children. He is 20 years old and is known as hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community in groups such as the savings group and prayer group. Mark has been a farmer for 5 years. Mark said his harvest was not with One Acre Fund last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund. Mark is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 long rains season. Mark joined One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds and earn enough to feed his family. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member, who wants to help more farmers, and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Mark plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to save for the future and invest in a business. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Mark 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. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.