Total loan: $2,000

Fidelis' Group

Chwele, Bungoma County, Kenya / Agriculture

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

Fidelis' Group's story

Fidelis is a member of this group in Chwele District. She is pictured here in a group of three One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 32 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Fidelis has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with her hand raised. She and the other farmers represented in this group are each receiving one-quarter acre of maize and one-quarter acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of 5,349 KES for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation. Fidelis is married and has eight children. She is 47 years old and is known as friendly and hardworking. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group, prayer group and burial committee. Fidelis has been a farmer for 28 years. Fidelis describes her harvest as excellent last year, but believes she can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund. Fidelis first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2010 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Fidelis joined One Acre Fund in order to learn new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds and earn enough to feed the family. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she likes being a leader who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Fidelis plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Fidelis’s own life is improved because she has more farm training, has more farm group support and is able to feed the family. 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. Fidelis and her 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 continues 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.