Total loan: $1,875

John's Group

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Kakamega North, Kakamega County, Kenya / Agriculture

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

John's Group's story

John is a member of this group in Kakamega North District. He is pictured here in a group of seven One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 82 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. John 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 by 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. John is 51 years old and has been a farmer for 25 years. John works as a farmer to provide for his 13 children. The community and other farmers know John as trustworthy. Other than farming, he is also involved in community activities such as the men's group and savings group. John says his harvest last year was not with One Acre Fund, but hopes he will join the ranks of farmers who doubled their harvests in their first year with One Acre Fund! The 2014 Long Rains season will be John’s first season with One Acre Fund. He joined this year in order to earn enough to feed his family. As an active member in his community, John also volunteered his time to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. John plans on using future profits from the harvest to send his children to school. He believes that his life will improve by working with One Acre Fund. John 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 onto 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.