A loan of $600 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Upendo Group's story

Upendo is a group of nine farmers in Kakamega South District represented by Rosemary. The group has nine members, all women. Rosemary is on the right of the photo with her hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to her on credit consisting of the necessary materials to plant ½ acre of maize, millet and sorghum. Rosemary first enrolled with One Acre Fund during the 2009 Long Rains and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2013 Long Rains season. Rosemary joined One Acre Fund in order to grow enough food for the family and use increased profits to send her children to school.

Prior to joining One Acre Fund, Rosemary was only able to harvest 10 bags of maize per 3/4 acre, but after joining One Acre Fund during the Long Rains 2012, she was able to harvest 18 bags per 3/4 acre! She plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school and save for the future. For the 2013 Long Rains season, Rosemary’s group members will take input loans of ½ acre each. In total, this group will receive input loans for use on 4.5 acres of land.

In this group: Rosemary, Rosemary, Julia, Rose, Violet, Margaret, Janepher, Lucy, Everlyne

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