A loan of $400 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of millet, sorghum and sweet potato.

Upendo Group's story

Patrick is a member of Upendo Group in Chwele District. He is one of the ten One Acre Fund farmers -- seven women and three men -- pictured. Patrick is standing on the right with his hand raised. He is receiving an input loan for a half acre of millet, sorghum and sweet potato. Patrick first enrolled with One Acre Fund during the 2010 Long Rains and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2013 Long Rains season. Patrick joined One Acre Fund in order to gain access to hybrid seed and fertilizer and because One Acre Fund delivers inputs on loan.

Patrick reports that before One Acre Fund, he was able to grow about five bags of maize per half acre, but with his One Acre Fund input loan during Long Rains 2012, he harvested 12 bags per three-quarters acre! He plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school and repair his home. For the 2013 Long Rains season, Patrick’s group members will take input loans of a half acre each. In total, this group will receive input loans for use on five acres of land.

In this group: Moses, Agnes, Merriegen, Eunice, Fwebe, Joyce, Noah, Patrick, Selestine, Jane

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