A loan of $5,950 helped a member to increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum..


Safania's Group's story

Tumaini is a group of eight farmers in Kakamega North District, with Safania selected as the Kiva representative. Safania has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with his hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to his and the 96 other individual farmers represented in this group. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant one quarter acre of maize and one quarter acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here but will be receiving an average loan of 5,349 Kenyan shillings.

Safania is 74 years old and has been a farmer for 50. Safania works as a farmer to provide for his 10 children. The community and other farmers know Safania as friendly, hardworking, and trustworthy. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community in groups such as the men's group, savings group, and prayer group. Safania described his harvest last year as good, but hopes he can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group.

Safania joined One Acre Fund in 2010, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Safania joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices, new farming methods, fertilizer, hybrid seeds, and earn enough to feed family. Because he is an active community member, wants to help more farmers, and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers, Safania has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Safania's life because he has more profits from harvest, more farm training, and more farm group support. He also was able to save money and feed his family. In the future, Safania hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send his children to school, buy a cow, and invest in a business. One Acre Fund focuses on working with smallholder farmers across Kenya. The organization pre-purchases seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the cost savings onto the farmers. Safania and the Tumaini Group will use the Kiva loan to cover this initial cost of purchasing the seeds and fertilizer package from One Acre Fund. One Acre Fund continues providing training and support throughout the planting and harvesting season to ensure a good harvest and repayment. With support from One Acre Fund and your loan, these farmers will have a chance at a successful harvest, increased profits, and improved lives.

Please note that there are four additional group leaders in this photo that will be working with One Acre Fund but will not be a part of this Kiva group loan.

The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

In this group: Safania, Rosemary, Consolata, Wandiri, Conrad, Rose , Mary, Burudi
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