A loan of $5,375 helped a member to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.

Alex's Group's story

Alex is a member of Korokoro M SHG Group in Chwele District. He is pictured here in a group of eight One Acre Fund farmers.

The group leaders represent a total of 87 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Alex has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with his hand raised. 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.

Alex is married and has one child. He is 28 years old and is known as friendly, hard-working, trustworthy, and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group and prayer group.

Alex has been a farmer for six years. He described his harvest as excellent last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Alex first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2011 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Alex joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, fertilizers, and hybrid seeds, and earn enough to feed his family. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

Alex plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school, repair his home, save for the future, and buy a cow. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Alex’s own life was improved because he has more profits from harvest, has more farm training, was able to save money, and feed his family.

Alex and the Korokoro M SHG 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.

In this group: Alex, Kituyi, George, Rhoda, Caroline, Mary, Wanyama, Gellan

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