A loan of $4,650 helped a member to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seeds and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.

Harriet's Group's story

Harriet is a member of the Baraka Group, which is located in the Busia District. She is pictured here in a group of nine One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 75 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Harriet has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with her hand raised. She 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 loan of 5,349 shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Harriet is a reliable member of the community. She is married and the mother of two children. She is 29 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 10 years to support her family. In addition to this, Harriet is very active in her community and is involved in the women's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. She said that her harvest last year as not with the One Acre Fund. She hopes as a One Acre Fund farmer she will be able to double her harvest in their first year of the program!

Harriet and the Baraka Group need a loan to cover the initial costs of purchasing the seeds and fertilizer through One Acre Fund. The Fund will repay the Kiva loan on behalf of the farmers through the profits from their’ harvests. The 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, the One Acre Fund also provides training and support to the farmers as they make payments back to the Fund. With support from the 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.

In this group: Harriet, Scovian, Robert, Caroline, Benson, Lydia, Christopher, Fredrick, Annelice

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