A loan of $4,700 helped a member to gain access to cost efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum..


Salome's Group's story

Salome is a member of Apokor SHG Group in Chwele District. She is pictured here in a group of 7 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 60 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Salome 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.

Salome is 43 years old and has been a farmer for 10 years. Salome works as a farmer to provide for her five children. The community and other farmers know Salome as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, she is also involved in her community activities such as the women's group, savings group, prayer group and the burial committee. Salome described her harvest last year as good, but hopes she can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group.

The 2013 Long Rains season won’t be Salome’s first season with One Acre Fund. She first joined One Acre Fund in 2009 and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, new farming methods, fertilizer and hybrid seeds, earn enough to feed her family and to send her children to school. As an active member in her community, Salome also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Salome plans on using future profits from the harvest to send her children to school, repair the home, save for the future, buy a cow and invest in a business. Her life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because she has more profits from the harvest, more farm training, is able to save money and feed the family.

One Acre Fund focuses on working with small-holder farmers across Kenya. The organization pre-purchases seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the cost savings onto the farmers. Salome and the Apokor SHG Group will use the Kiva loan to cover this initial cost of purchasing the seeds and fertilizer package from One Acre Fund. One Acre Fund continues providing training and support throughout the planting and harvesting season to ensure a good harvest and repayment. 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: Salome, Susan, Noah, Eunice, Betty, Margret, Makholo
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