A loan of $1,175 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer for the cultivation of millet, sorghum and sweet potatoes.

Maendeleo Group's story

Zablon is a member of the Maendeleo Group in Kakamega South District. He is pictured with 18 One Acre Fund farmers: 13 women and 5 men. Zablon is standing on the right with his hand raised. He is receiving an input loan for ½ an acre of sweet potatoes, millet and sorghum cultivation. Zablon 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. Zablon joined One Acre Fund in order to gain access to hybrid seed and fertilizer and benefit from the best prices offered by One Acre Fund.

Zablon reports that before One Acre Fund, he was able to grow about 2 1/2 bags of maize per ½ an acre, but with his One Acre Fund input loan during Long Rains 2012, he harvested 7 bags per 1/2 acre! He plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school and use the rest to pay for the loan package. For the 2013 Long Rains season, Zablon’s group members will take input loans of ½ an acre each. In total, this group will receive input loans for use on 9 acres of land.

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

In this group: Zablon, Jackline, Francis, Gladys, Rose, Absolom, Geraldina, Hellen, Jane, Mary, Mercy, Prisila, Sarah, Mary, Sikwaya, Modest, Beatrice, Christine

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