A loan of $5,775 helped a member to obtain hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.


Patson's Group's story

Amani is a group of eight group leader farmers in Chwele District, with Patson selected as the Kiva representative of the group. Patson has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right side of the photo, with his hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to him and the 93 other individual farmers represented in this group. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here, but will be receiving an average loan of KES 5,349 (shillings). Patson is a reliable member of the community. He is married, with 12 children. Patson is 54 years old and he has been working as a farmer for the last 25 years to support his family. In addition to this, Patson is very active in his community and is involved in the men's group. He described his harvest last year as being good. He hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and to continue enjoying the success he is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages. Patson joined One Acre Fund in 2009 and he is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Patson joined One Acre Fund, so that he could get the best seed prices. Because he is an active community member, Patson has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund, as a group leader and as a Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Patson 's life because he has more farm training. In the future, Patson hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send his children to school. Patson and the Amani 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. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left.

In this group: Patson , Irene, Grace, Gilbert, Sylvenus, Emmanuel, Jane, Florence
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