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Richard's Group

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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.


Richard's Group's story

Richard is a member of this group located in the Chwele District. He is pictured here in a group of eight One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 90 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Richard 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 5,349 shillings for maize, millet, and sorghum cultivation. Richard is 50 years old and has been a farmer for 25 years. Richard works as a farmer to provide for his 6 children. The community and other farmers know Richard as a friendly and hardworking farmer. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community and participates in groups such as the men's group, savings group, and prayer group. Richard described his harvest last year as good, but hopes he can have an even better harvest with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in his group. Richard joined One Acre Fund in 2009, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Richard joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices and learn new farming methods. Because he is an active community member and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers, Richard has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Richard's life because he has more profits from his harvest and is able to save money. In the future, Richard hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send his children to school and buy a cow. 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. Richard and his 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.