A loan of $6,125 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Alex's Group's story

Alex is a member of Bakhana Group in Webuye District. He is pictured here in a group of 10 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo. The group leaders represent a total of 99 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Alex 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.

Alex is married and has no children. He is 43 years old and is known as friendly, hard-working, 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. Alex has been a farmer for ten years. Alex described his harvest as good last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year, by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Alex first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2009 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Alex 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 family, and send children to school. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he likes being a leader and an active community member. He wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

Alex plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to repair the home, save for the future, buy a cow, and invest in a business. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Alex’s own life was improved because he has more profits from harvest, has more farm training, has more farm group support and he was able to save money.

Alex and the Bakhana Group need a loan to cover the initial costs of purchasing the seeds and fertilizer through One Acre Fund. One Acre Fund will repay the Kiva loan on behalf of the farmers through the profits from the farmers’ harvests. One Acre Fund pre-purchases the seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the cost savings to the farmers. Throughout the planting and harvesting season, One Acre Fund also provides training and support to the farmers as they make payments back to One Acre Fund. 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: Alex, Pailet, John, Beatrice, Richard, Caro, Julian, Eunice, Jones, Maximilla

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