A loan of $4,025 helped a member to gain access to cost efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.


Isaac's Group's story

This group has six farmers in the Chwele District with Isaac selected as the Kiva representative. Isaac is on the right in the photo with his hand raised. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

Isaac is married and has eight children. He is 58 years old and is known as hardworking, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group and the burial committee. Isaac has been a farmer for 46 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.

Isaac first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2012 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 long rains season. He joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, new farming methods and earn enough income to send his children to school.

He volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he likes being a leader and is an active community member who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Isaac plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send children to school and repair his home. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Isaac’s own life improved because he has more profits from his harvest, has more farm training and was able to save money.

Isaac's Group needs a loan to cover the initial costs of purchasing seeds and fertilizer through One Acre Fund. The loan will go toward the necessary materials to plant ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of millet or sorghum. Farming materials will be delivered to him and the 65 other individual farmers represented in this group. The individual farmers are not pictured here but will be receiving an average loan of 5,349 shillings each.

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: Isaac, Topista, Rehema, Gloria, Antony, Japhret



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