A loan of $4,700 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer to grow maize, millet, and sorghum.


Betty's Group's story

Betty is a member of the Faith Group in Chwele District. She was selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right side with her hand raised. Betty is pictured in a seven-person group of One Acre Fund group leaders. The group leaders represent a total of seventy-six individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured. The field officer is also pictured and is standing on the left side of the photo.

Betty 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.

Betty is a reliable member of the community. She is married and has four children. Betty is thirty years old and has been working as a farmer for the last twelve years to support her family. In addition to farming, Betty is very active in her community and is involved in the women's group. She described her harvest last year as good. She hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and enjoy the success she is having with One Acre Fund farm packages. She volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she wants to help more farmers.

Betty 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. She joined One Acre Fund in order to be exposed to new farming methods, as well as acquire fertilizer and hybrid seeds. Betty plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to buy a cow. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has been beneficial for the farmers. Betty’s own life was improved because she has received farm training, which has enable her to save money and feed her family.

Betty and the Faith Group need a loan to cover the initial costs of purchasing 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.

In this group: Betty , Joseph, Chrisantus, Juliana, Bivan, Perita, Jostine



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