A loan of $3,025 helped a member to buy cost-efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.

Alex's Group's story

Alex is a member of Amukeni Group in Webuye District. He is pictured here in a group of 6 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. These leaders represent a total of 40 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured. 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 5,349 shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Alex, 40 years old, is married and has 5 children. He is known as a friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and experienced farmer. He is active in various community groups such as the men's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. Alex has been a farmer for 10 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.

Alex joined One Acre Fund in 2012, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Alex joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices, new farming methods, fertilizer and hybrid seeds, and earn enough to feed his family and send his children to school. Because he likes being a leader and an active community member, Alex wants to help more farmers by spreading the story about One Acre Fund. Alex has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Alex's life because he has more profits from his harvest, more farm training and farm group support, is able to save money and to feed the family. In the future, Alex 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.

Alex and the Amukeni Group need a loan to cover the initial costs of purchasing 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 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, Metrine, Lonah, Michael, Sarah, Scolastic

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