A loan of $4,200 helped a member to access hybrid seeds and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.

Peter's Group's story

Peter is a member of Boresha Group in Webuye District. He is pictured here in a group of 7 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The field officer is also included in the photo, standing on the left. The group leaders represent a total of 68 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Peter 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.

Peter is married and has ten children. He is 70 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, prayer group, and burial committee. Peter has been a farmer for 30 years. He 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.

Peter first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2008 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Peter joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, and earn enough money to feed his family and send his children to school. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

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

Peter and the Boresha 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: Peter, Catherine, Paul, Beatrice, Sarah, Rosemary, Jane

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