A loan of $5,000 helped a member to gain access to cost-efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.

Brigid's Group's story

Brigid is a member of Chekulo Group in Webuye District. She is pictured here in a group of seven One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 67 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Brigid 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.

Brigid is married and has 10 children. he is 46 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. Brigid has been a farmer for 27 years. Brigid 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.

Brigid first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2011 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Brigid joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, earn enough to feed her family and send her children to school. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member wants to help more farmers and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

Brigid plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school, repair the home, save for the future, buy a goat, and invest in a business. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Brigid’s own life was improved because she has more profits from harvest, has more farm training, has more farm group support, was able to save money and was able to feed the family.

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 onto the farmers. Brigid and the Chekulo 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: Brigid, Marita, Geofrey, Zippy, Joyce, Peter, Fridah

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