A loan of $2,675 helped a member to access hybrid seeds and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet and sorghum.


Jackline's Group's story

Jackline is a member of Mkulima Group in Chwele District. She is pictured here, standing on the right with her hand raised, with two other One Acre Fund group-leader farmers. The field officer, also included in the photo, is standing on the left. These group leaders represent 43 individual One Acre Fund farmer, who are not pictured here.

Jackline, 32, has been a farmer for 20 years. She works to provide for her four children. The community and other farmers know her as hardworking and trustworthy and as an experienced farmer. Other than farming, she is involved in community activities such as the women's group and the prayer group. As an active community member, she has also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative.

Jackline describes her harvest last year as good but hopes she can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group. She joined One Acre Fund because she wants to be rich in farming. She has been selected as the Kiva group representative. She and the other farmers represented in this group are each receiving a quarter acre of maize and a quarter acre of sorghum or millet, which is an average input loan of 5,349 Kenyan shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Jackline 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 has joined this season to get the best seed prices and to earn enough to feed her family and send her children to school. She plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school and buy a cow. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for farmers. Her own life has improved because she has more profits from her harvests and has been able to save money and feed her family too.

Jackline and the Mkulima Group need a loan to cover the initial costs of purchasing the seeds and fertilizer through One Acre Fund. The organization will repay the Kiva loan on behalf of the farmers through profits from the farmers’ harvests. One Acre Fund purchases the seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the cost savings on to the farmers. Throughout the planting and harvesting season, One Acre Fund also provides training and support to the farmers as they make payments on their loan. 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: Jackline, Chrispinus, Adelide



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