A loan of $3,650 helped a member to buy hybrid seeds and fertilizer to increase his harvests of maize, millet, and sorghum.


Wycliffe's Group's story

Alpha is a group of five group-leader farmers in the Webuye District, with Wycliffe selected as the Kiva representative.

Wycliffe has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with his hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to him and the 45 other individual farmers represented in this group. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here, but will be receiving an average loan of KES 5,349.

Wycliffe is 38 years old and has been a farmer for 20 years. He works as a farmer to provide for his seven children. The community and other farmers know Wycliffe as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy, and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community activities such as the men's group, savings group, prayer group, and burial committee. Wycliffe described his harvest last year as good, but hopes he can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in his group.

Wycliffe first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2009 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Wycliffe joined One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, earn enough to feed his family and send hs children to school.

He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he likes being a leader and is an active community member who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

Wycliffe plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school, repair his home, save for the future, buy a cow and a goat, and invest in a business. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers.

Wycliffe’s own life was improved because he has more profits from his harvest, has more farm training, has more farm group support, was able to save money and was able to 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. Wycliffe and the Alpha 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, standing on the left.

In this group: Wycliffe, Nyongesa, Patrick, Prisila, Mwanamina



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