A loan of $5,200 helped a member to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum..


Shitawa's Group's story

Shitawa is a member of Amkeni Group in Matete District. She is pictured here in a group of eight One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 74 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Shitawa has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative, and is standing on the right with her hand raised. She 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.

Shitawa is married and has four children. She is 35 years old, and is known as trustworthy. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group. Shitawa has been a farmer for four years. Shitawa described her harvest as good last year, but believes she can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund. Shitawa joined One Acre Fund in 2011, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Shitawa joined One Acre Fund so that she could get new farming methods, fertilizer and hybrid seeds, and send her children to school. Because she wants to help more farmers, Shitawa has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and a Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Shitawa's life because she has more farm training. Shitawa hopes that her profits from 2014 can be used to send children to school.

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

In this group: Shitawa, Moses, Diana, Tito, Agrey, Esther, Wanamgeni, Risper
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