A loan of $5,575 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Robbis' Group's story

Robbis is a member of Jiamini Group in Webuye District. She is pictured here in a group of nine One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 83 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Robbis has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with her hand raised. She and the other farmers represented in this group are each receiving ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of 5,349 shillings for maize, millet, and sorghum cultivation.

Robbis is married and has three children. She is 27 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group, prayer group and burial committee. Robbis has been a farmer for eight years. Robbis described her harvest as good last year, but she believes she can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

The 2013 Long Rains season won’t be Robbis’s first season with One Acre Fund. She first joined One Acre Fund in 2010 and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, new farming methods, fertilizer and hybrid seeds to earn enough to feed her family and send her children to school.

As an active member in her community, Robbis also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Robbis plans on using future profits from the harvest to send children to school, repair the home, save for the future and buy a cow. Her life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because she has more profits from harvest, farm training, farm group support, and the ability to save money and feed the family. Robbis’ life has also improved because she has been enlightened.

One Acre Fund focuses on working with smallholder farmers across Kenya. The organization pre-purchases seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the cost savings on to the farmers. Robbis and the Jiamini Group will use the Kiva loan to cover this initial cost of purchasing the seeds and fertilizer package from One Acre Fund. One Acre Fund continues providing training and support throughout the planting and harvesting season to ensure a good harvest and repayment. With support from One Acre Fund and your loan, these farmers will have a chance at a successful harvest, increased profits and improved lives.

The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

In this group: Robbis, Susan, Wycliffe, Corretor, Rose, Lusweti, Gladys, Bramwel, Joseph

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