A loan of $1,925 helped a member to have increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.

Koki's Group's story

Koki is a member of Mulembe Group in Matete District. He is pictured here in a group of 3 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 19 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured. Koki 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 sorghm cultivation.

Koki, 53 years old, is married and has 8 children. He is known as a hardworking, trustworthy and experienced farmer. He is active in community groups such as the men's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. Koki has been a farmer for 18 years. He describes 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.

Koki joined One Acre Fund in 2010, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Koki joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices and new farming methods. He is also an active community member who wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Koki has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Koki's life because he has more profits from his harvest and he was able to save money and to feed the family. In the future, Koki hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send his children to school, to repair the home, to save for the future and to buy a cow and a goat.

Koki and the Mulembe 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 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.

The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

In this group: Koki, Grace, Ngome
*not pictured

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