A loan of $4,275 helped a member to gain access to cost efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.


Pius' Group's story

Pius is a member of Arise & Shine Group in Chwele District. He is pictured here in a group of five One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 69 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Pius 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 inputs for 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.

Pius is a reliable member of the community. He is married with eight children. Pius is 36 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 10 years to support his family. In addition to this, Pius is very active in his community and is involved in the men's group. He described his harvest last year as good. He hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and enjoy the success he is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages.

Pius first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2011 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Pius joined One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he wants to help more farmers. Pius plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Pius’s own life has improved because he has more farm training.

One Acre Fund focuses on working with smallholder farmers across Kenya. The organization pre-purchases seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the cost savings onto the farmers. Pius and the Arise & Shine 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: Pius, Mildred, Salome, Gilbert, Beatrice



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