A loan of $900 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet and sorghum.

Tumaini Group's story

Mellisah is a member of Tumaini Group in Kakamega South District. She is pictured as one of 14 One Acre Fund farmers, 12 women and 2 men. Mellisah is standing on the right with her hand raised. She is receiving an input loan for ½ acre of maize, millet and sorghum cultivation. Mellisah joined One Acre Fund during the Long Rains 2011, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2013 season. Mellisah joined One Acre Fund so that she could use increased profits to send her children to school and gain access to hybrid seed and fertilizer.

Mellisah reports that before One Acre Fund, she was able to grow about one bag of maize per ½ acre, but with her One Acre Fund input loan during Long Rains 2012, she harvested 11 bags per acre! She plans on using future profits from the harvest to send her children to school and save for the future. For the 2013 Long Rains season, Mellisah’s group members will take input loans of ½ acre each. In total, this group will receive input loans for use on seven acres of land.

In this group: Juliet, Andrea, Felida, Janet, Violet, Christine , Gladys, Violet , Floice, Mellisah, Zakaria, Catherine , Phanice, Rose
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