A loan of $550 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of millet, sorghum and sweet potato.

Ambana Group's story

Silas, a member of Ambana Group in Chwele District, is pictured standing on the right with his hand raised with 14 One Acre Fund farmers consisting of eight women and six men. Silas is receiving an input loan for ½ acre of sweet potato, millet and sorghum cultivation. He joined One Acre Fund during the Long Rains 2008, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2013 season. He joined One Acre Fund so that he could gain access to hybrid seed and fertilizer and access the best input prices.

Prior to joining One Acre Fund, Silas was only able to harvest 15 bags of maize per 2½ acre, but after joining One Acre Fund during the Long Rains 2012, he was able to harvest 22 bags per 1½ acre! He plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school and to buy land for family use. For the 2013 Long Rains season, Silas’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.

The field officer is standing on the left in the photo.

In this group: Phoebe, Silas, Jane, Susan, Agnes, Benard, Loice, Patrick, Willington, Benard, Joyce, Caro, Mary, Ronald

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details