A loan of $5,750 helped a member to buy cost efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.

Rosemary's Group's story

Budobe is a group of nine farmers in Busia District. Rosemary, pictured here on the right of the photo with her hand raised, is the group’s Kiva representative. She is 44 years old and has been a farmer for 20 years. She is a farmer to provide for her six children. The community and other farmers know Rosemary as friendly and a hardworking farmer. Other than farming, she is also involved in her community in the women's group and the prayer group. Rosemary described 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. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

Rosemary joined One Acre Fund in 2012, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. She joined One Acre Fund to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods and send children to school. Because she is a leader and an active community member who wants to help more farmers and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers, Rosemary has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved her life because she has more profits from harvest and has more farm group support. In the future, Rosemary hopes that her profits from 2014 can be used to send children to school and repair her home.

Rosemary and the Budobe 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.

In this group: Rosemary, Getrude, Mary, Esther, Margret, Auyimu, Wilfred, Joseph, Oluoch, Rose

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