A loan of $5,525 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer to increase harvests of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Salim's Group's story

Salim is a member of Bidii Farmers Ass Group in Matete District. He is pictured here in a group of 9 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 89 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Salim 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 ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of 5,349 shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Salim is a reliable member of the community. He is married with 3 children. Salim is 53 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 5 years to support his family. In addition to this, Salim is very active in his community and is involved in the prayer group. He described his harvest last year as good. He hopes as a One Acre Fund farmer he is able to join the ranks of One Acre Fund farmers that have doubled their harvest in their first year of the program!

The 2013 Long Rains season will be Salim’s first season with One Acre Fund. He joined this year in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods and get fertilizer and hybrid seeds. As an active member in his community, Salim also volunteered his time to be a group leader and Kiva representative and he wants to help more farmers. Salim plans on using future profits from the harvest to save for the future and buy a goat. He believes that his life will improve by working with One Acre Fund because he has more farm training and has more farm group support.

Salim and the Bidii Farmers Ass 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.

Please note that there is 1 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: Salim, Judith, Nathan, Nanzala, Ingato, Jane , Peninah, Teresia, Beatrice

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