A loan of $975 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of millet, sorghum, and sweet potato.

Msamaria Group's story

Msamaria Group is located in Kakamega District. It is a group of 16 women and 9 men led by Rose, pictured on the right with her hand raised. She is receiving an input loan for 0.5 acres of sweet potato, millet, and sorghum cultivation.

Rose first enrolled with One Acre Fund during the 2012 Long Rains and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2013 Long Rains season. Rose joined One Acre Fund in order to gain access to hybrid seed and fertilizer and grow enough food for the family.

Rose reports that, before One Acre Fund, she was able to grow about 15 bags of maize per 1.5 acres, but with her One Acre Fund input loan, during Long Rains 2012, she harvested 17 bags per 1.5 acres! She plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school and perhaps to invest in another business.

For the 2013 Long Rains season, Msamaria Group members will take input loans of 0.5 acre each. In total, this group will receive input loans for use on 12.5 acres of land.

In this group: Janet, Benetta, Janet, Mary, Seth, George, Ketsia, Margret, Phanice, Kenneth, Rose, Christine, Esther, Lazarus, Wycliffe, Gladys, Milka, Martha, Reuben, Florence, Evans, Petro, Sarah, Berida, Elijah
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