A loan of $3,100 helped a member to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seeds and fertilizer for growing maize, millet, and sorghum.

Margret's Group's story

Margret's group consists of four team-leader farmers in Matete District. Margret has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with her hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to her and the 50 individual farmers represented in the broader group. They will each be able to access the necessary materials to plant a quarter acre of maize and a quarter acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here but will be receiving an average loan of 5,349 KES.

Margret is a reliable member of the community. She is married with five children. Margret is 46 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 25 years to support her family. In addition to this, Margret is very active in her community and is involved in the women's group and prayer group. She described her harvest last year as good. She hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and to continue enjoying the success she is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages.

The 2013 Long Rains season won’t be Margret’s first season with One Acre Fund. She first joined One Acre Fund in 2011, and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to learn new farming methods, and earn enough to feed her family and send her children to school. As an active member in her community, Margret chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Margret plans on using future profits from the harvest to send her children to school, repair her home and save for the future. Her life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because she has received farm group support and was able to feed her family.

One Acre Fund focuses on working with small-holder farmers across Kenya. The organization pre-purchases seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the cost savings onto the farmers. Margret and her 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 to provide training and support throughout the planting and harvesting season to ensure a good harvest and loan 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.

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

In this group: Margret, Emily, Wafula, Nafula

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