A loan of $6,075 helped a member to purchase seeds and fertilizer through One Acre Fund.

George's Group's story

George's group is located in the Chwele District. He is pictured here in a group of 9 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 98 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. George 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.

George is a reliable member of the community. He is married with four children. George is 39 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 19 years to support his family. In addition to this, George is very active in his community and is involved in the men's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. He described his harvest last year as "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.

George first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2010 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. George joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, learn new farming methods, purchase fertilizer and hybrid seeds, and earn enough to feed his family and send his children to school. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he likes being a leader, and as an active community member, he wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. George plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school, repair the home, save for the future and invest in a business. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. George’s own life was improved because he has more profits from harvest, has more farm training, has more farm group support, and was able to save money and feed the family.

George and his group needs 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.

In this group: George, Elizabeth, Mildred, Violet , Anna, Mathayo, Mary, Rose, Gilbert

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