A loan of $4,775 helped a member to have the opportunity to buy cost-efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.


Wakhungu's Group's story

Wakhungu is a member of Jikaze Group in Kakamega North District. He is pictured here in a group of six One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 77 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Wakhungu also joined One Acre Fund because he needs better harvest. Wakhungu 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 one-quarter acre of maize and one-quarter acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of 5,349 Kenyan shillings for maize, millet, and sorghum cultivation. Wakhungu is 44 years old and has been a farmer for 17 years. He works as a farmer to provide for his five children. Wakhungu’s life has also improved because he has been a farmer with One Acre Fund. The community and other farmers know Wakhungu as a friendly and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community groups such as the men's group and savings group. Wakhungu described his harvest last year as not with One Acre Fund, but he hopes he can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in his group. Wakhungu joined One Acre Fund in 2013, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Wakhungu joined One Acre Fund so that he could get new farming methods, earn enough to feed his family, and send his children to school. Because he wants to help more farmers, Wakhungu has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Wakhungu explains that for the few days he has been with One Acre Fund he feels that his life is improving. In the future, he hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send children to school, repair the home, 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. Wakhungu and the Jikaze 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 is one additional group leader in this photo who 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: Wakhungu , Wamae, Omar, Baraza, Simiyu, Ndombi
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