Total loan: $4,800
Webuye, Bungoma, Kenya / Agriculture
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A loan helped To support farmers in purchasing hybrid seeds and fertilizer to increase harvests of maize, millet, and sorghum.
Christine's Group's story
Christine’s group has seven group leader farmers and is located in Webuye District. The group leaders in this group represent a total of 77 individual farmers (not pictured) who are each asking for an average loan of 5,349 shillings to purchase a One Acre Fund package for ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Christine is pictured on the right of the group with her hand raised. Christine is 38 years old and has been a farmer for 15 years. Christine works as a farmer to provide for her five children. The community and other farmers know Christine as hard-working and trustworthy, and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, she is also involved in her community such as the women's group, and prayer group. Christine described her harvest last year as good, but hopes she can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group. Christine 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. Christine joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, learn new farming methods, and obtain fertilizer and hybrid seeds. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Christine plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send children to school and buy a goat. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Christine’s own life was improved because she has more profit from harvests and was 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. Christine 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.