A loan of $2,850 helped a member to buy cost efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.

Willson's Group's story

Willson’s group has four farmers and is located in Chwele District. The group leaders in this group represent a total of 46 individual farmers (not pictured) who are each asking for an average loan of 5,349 shillings to purchase a One Acre Fund package of crop inputs for ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Willson is pictured on the right of the Jua Kali Group with his hand raised.

Willson is married and has 13 children. He is 73 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. Willson has been a farmer for 63 years. He described his harvest as good last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Willson first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2008 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Willson joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer, hybrid seeds, earn enough to feed his family and send his children to school. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he likes being a leader and an active community member, who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

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

Willson and the Jua Kali 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: Willson, William, Chilson, Felistus

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