Total loan: $2,725

William's Group

Chwele, Bungoma County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.

William's Group's story

This group consists of seven group leader farmers in Chwele District, with William selected as the Kiva representative. William 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 his and the 66 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. William is married and has 19 children. He is 58 years old and is known as hardworking. He is active in his community in groups such as the savings group. He has been a farmer for 25 years. William described his harvest as good last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund. William joined One Acre Fund in 2011. As an active member in his community, he also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member. William plans on using 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. William and his 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. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.