A loan of $1,300 helped a member to buy cost-efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.

Abel's Group's story

Abel is a member of Makhese S.H.G Group in Webuye District. He is pictured here in a group of three One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 21 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Abel has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with his hand raised. He 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 KES 5,349 (shillings) for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Abel is married and has ten children. He is 55 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy, and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community, in groups such as the men's group, savings group, prayer group, and burial committee. Abel has been a farmer for 27 years. He described his harvest as excellent last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year, by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Abel joined One Acre Fund in 2011, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Abel joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, earn enough to feed his family and send his children to school.

Because he likes being a leader and an active community member, Abel wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Abel has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and a Kiva representative.

Working with One Acre Fund has improved Abel's life because he has more profits from harvest, more farm training, more farm group support, is able to save money, and has been able to feed the family. In the future, Abel hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send his children to school, repair the home, save for the future, buy a cow, and invest in a business.

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.

Abel and the Makhese S.H.G 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 to provide 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.

In this group: Abel, Jackline, Beatrice

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