A loan of $2,600 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Macraline's Group's story

Macraline is a member of Amuka Group in Matete District. She is pictured here in a group of four with One Acre Fund group leader. The group represent a total of 42 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Macraline has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with her hand raised. She 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.

Macraline is married and has eight children. She is 50 years old and is known as friendly and hardworking. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group and prayer group. Macraline has been a farmer for 30 years. She described her harvest as good last year, but believes she can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Macraline is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Macraline joined One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods and earn enough to feed her family. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member and wants to help more farmers. Macraline plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school and buy a cow. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Macraline’s own life was improved because she has more profits from her harvest and was able to feed the family.

Macraline 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: Macraline, Peter, Phillice, Wilbrodah

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