A loan of $2,900 helped a member to allow farmers the opportunity to buy cost-efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.


Victor's Group's story

Victor is a member of Amuka Group in Busia District. He is pictured here in a group of 5 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 39 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Victor 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 funds for ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of 5,349 Kenyan shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation. Victor is 62 years old and has been a farmer for 42 years. Victor works as a farmer to provide for his 9 children. The community and other farmers know Victor 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 and prayer group. Victor 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 her group. Victor joined One Acre Fund in 2013, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Victor joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, and earn enough to feed his family. Because he likes being a leader, and he is an active community member, he wants to help more farmers. Victor has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Victor's life because he has more profits from harvest, has more farm training and has more farm group support. In the future, Victor hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to repair the home, save for the future and invest in a business. Victor and the Amuka 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: Victor, Humphreys, Bosco, Everline, Justine
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