A loan of $6,125 helped a member to buy cost-efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.

Hudson's Group's story

Hudson is a member of this group in Webuye District. He is pictured here in a group of 9 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 99 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Hudson 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 seeds for 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.

Hudson is married and has three children. He is 71 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community activities in groups, such as the savings group, prayer group, and burial committee. Hudson has been a farmer for 18 years. He described his harvest as excellent last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Hudson 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. Hudson joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get 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 is an active community member who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

Hudson plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school, repair the home and save for the future. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Hudson’s own life was improved because he has more profits from the harvest, has more farm training, has more farm group support, and was able to save money and feed the family.

Hudson and his 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: Hudson, Meliza, Judith, Benard, Irene, Wilson, Hellen, Fatuma, Lonah
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