A loan of $5,825 helped a member to buy cost-efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds..


Patrick's Group's story

Patrick is a member of Khalundu Group in Chwele District. He is pictured here in a group of 10 One Acre Fund group l farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 94 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Patrick 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 KES for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation. Patrick is married and has 16 children. He is 60 years old and is known as hardworking. He is active in his community in groups such as the prayer group. Patrick has been a farmer for 32 years. Patrick 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. Patrick 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. Patrick joined One Acre Fund in order to learn new farming methods. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Patrick plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Patrick’s own life was improved because he has more farm training.

Patrick and the Khalundu 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: Patrick, Concepter, Brigid, Elias, Beatrice, Sofia, Sellah, Irine, Andrew, Victor
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