A loan of $5,750 helped a member to buy cost-efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.

Christopher's Group's story

Christopher is a member of the Baraka Group in Webuye District. He is pictured here in a group of nine One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 83 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here.

Christopher 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 for maize, millet, and sorghum cultivation.

Christopher is married and has seven children. He is 69 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy, and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group, savings group, prayer group, and burial committee.

Christopher has been a farmer for 39 years. He described his harvest as excellent last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Christopher joined One Acre Fund in 2009, and he is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Christopher joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, earn enough to feed his family, and send his children to school. He also became a group leader because he likes being a leader, is an active community member, wants to help more farmers, and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

Working with One Acre Fund has improved Christopher's life because he has more profits from harvest, has more farm training, has more farm group support, was able to save money, and was able to feed his family. In the future, Christopher hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send his children to school, repair his home, save for the future, buy a cow, and invest in a business.

Christopher and the Baraka Group 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.

Please note that there is one additional group leader in this photo who will be working with One Acre Fund but will not be a part of this Kiva group loan.

The field officer is also included in the photo.

In this group: Christopher, Catherine, Fred, Silako, Catherine, Isaac, Emmanuel, Catherine, Jane

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