Total loan: $4,550

Agnes' Group

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Busia, Busia, Kenya / Agriculture

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

Agnes' Group's story

Agnes is a member of this group in Busia District. She is pictured here in a group of seven One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The field officer is also included on the left of the photo. The group leaders represent a total of 73 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Agnes 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 seed and fertilizer to cultivate a quarter-acre of maize and a quarter-acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of 5,349 shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation. Agnes is married and has five children. She is 32 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group, prayer group and savings group. Agnes has been a farmer for four years. She described her harvest as good last year, but believes she can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund. Agnes first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2013 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. She joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, learn new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, and earn enough to feed her family and send her children to school. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she likes being a leader. As an active community member she wants to help more farmers in her region. Agnes plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school, save for the future and invest in a business. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Agnes’s own life has improved because she earns more profits from the harvest, has more farm training and farm group support, and has been able to save money and feed her family. Agnes and her 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 their harvests. One Acre Fund pre-purchases the seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the 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.