A loan of $5,375 helped a member to gain access to cost efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.

Alfred's Group's story

Alfred is a member of the Exodus Group in Chwele District. Alfred became a One Acre Fund group leader because he was elected by other members in his group. He is pictured here in a group of 9 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 87 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Alfred has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with his hand raised. Alfred is also involved in the community's Faulu Kenya.

He and the other farmers represented in this group are each receiving 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.

Alfred is 70 years old and has been a farmer for 40 years. Alfred works as a farmer to provide for his 22 children. The community and other farmers know Alfred as reliable and trustworthy. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community's activities such as the prayer group. Alfred 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 his group.

The 2014 Long Rains season won’t be Alfred ’s first season with One Acre Fund. He first joined One Acre Fund in 2012 and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods and earn enough to feed his family. As an active member in his community, Alfred also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he wants to help more farmers. Alfred plans on using future profits from the harvest to repair his home and buy a cow. His life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because he has more profits from the harvest and is able to feed his 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. Alfred and the Exodus 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: Alfred, Edith, Emily, Emily, Joseph, Judith, Jairo, Mary, Christine

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