A loan of $3,775 helped a member to support farmers in purchasing hybrid seeds and fertilizer to increase their harvests of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Agness' Group's story

Mamboleo is a group of 6 farmers in Chwele District with Agness selected as their Kiva representative. Agness has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right side of the photo with her hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to her and the 61 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.

Agness is 45 years old and has been a farmer for 13 years. she works as a farmer to provide for her 7 children. The community and other farmers know Agness as friendly and an experienced. Other than farming, she is also involved in her community, with the women's group and burial committee for example. Agness described her harvest last year as excellent, but hopes she can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group.

Agness joined One Acre Fund in 2012, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Agness joined One Acre Fund so that she could get access new farming methods to earn enough to feed family. Because she is an active community member and wants to help more farmers, Agness has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved her life because she has more profits from harvest, has more farm training, and was able to save money. In the future, Agness hopes that her profits from 2014 can be used to send children to school and invest in a business.

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. Agness and the Mamboleo 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 side of the photo.

In this group: Agness, Clare, George, Remi, Mary, Carolyne

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