A loan of $1,550 helped a member to source farming inputs, such as seeds and fertilizer, at low prices for the 2012 planting season.

Mavesi C B O Group's story

James takes care of four children at home. He joined One Acre Fund to access fertilizer and hybrid seed. In the recent 2011 season, James had an excellent maize yield harvesting 7 bags on ½ an acre of land. Before joining One Acre Fund, James was only able to harvest 1 ½ bags of maize on ½ an acre of land. With income from maize sales, James will pay for major annual expenses such as school fees and livestock investments.

James is the facilitator of the Mavesi CBO group. As with the majority of farmers in Western Kenya, James and his fellow group members are farmers who rely on maize for income and food security. James and his group joined One Acre Fund in the year 2011 and will re-enroll in the 2012 program. In 2012, the members of Mavesi CBO group will each plant maize plots between ½ and 1 acre of land. In the photograph above, James is pictured with his group members. The field officer appears on the far left of the photograph.

With this loan, One Acre Fund will purchase fertilizer, seeds, and other important inputs to distribute to James and his group during Kenya’s next planting season in February 2012. The distribution of farming inputs is part of One Acre Fund’s integrated agriculture package, which includes training, reliable input supply (such as fertilizer and seeds), credit and insurance.

In this group: Benjamin, Caro, Evans, Francis, James*, Janet, Jones, Milah, Peter, Ruth, Silas, Susy
*not pictured

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