A loan of $2,725 helped a member to pay for hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.

Pamela's Group's story

Mahanga is a group of four group-leader farmers in Webuye District, with Pamela selected as the Kiva representative.

Pamela has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with her hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to her and the 29 other individual farmers represented in this group. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here, but will be receiving an average loan of 5,349 shillings.

Pamela is married and has five children. She is 30 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, savings group, prayer group, and burial committee. Pamela has been a farmer for 13 years. Pamela described her harvest as good last year, but 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 Pamela’s first season with One Acre Fund. She first joined One Acre Fund in 2011 and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, new farming methods, fertilizer and hybrid seeds and to earn enough to feed her family and send her children to school.

As an active member in her community, Pamela also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she likes being a leader and is an active community member who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

Pamela plans on using future profits from the harvest to send her children to school and save for the future. Her life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because she has more profits from harvest, more of farm training, more farm group support, and is able to save money and feed the family.

One Acre Fund focuses on working with small-holder farmers across Kenya. The organization pre-purchases seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the cost savings onto the farmers. Pamela and the Mahanga 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: Pamela, Dennis, Christine, Viona
*not pictured

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