A loan of $2,850 helped a member to gain access to cost efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.


Boniface's Group's story

Boniface's group consists of four group leader farmers in Chwele District with Boniface selected as the Kiva representative. Boniface 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 46 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 5,349 shillings. Boniface is married and has seven children. He is 49 years old and is known as friendly and active in his community groups such as the prayer group. Boniface has been a farmer for 25 years and he described his harvest as good last year, but he believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund. Boniface first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2010 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Boniface joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, fertilizer and hybrid seeds and to earn enough to feed his family. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he wants to help more farmers in his community. Boniface plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school and buy a cow. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Boniface’s own life was improved because he was able to feed the family. 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. Boniface and her 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: Boniface, Joice, Milcah, Catherine
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