A loan of $4,075 helped a member to gain access to cost-efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.


Elizabeth's Group's story

Elizabeth’s group has six group-leader farmers and is located in Webuye District. The group leaders in this group represent a total of 66 individual farmers (not pictured), who are each asking for an average loan of 5,349 shillings to purchase a One Acre Fund package for ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Elizabeth is pictured on the right of the group with her hand raised. Elizabeth is 32 years old and has been a farmer for eleven years. Elizabeth works as a farmer to provide for her three children. The community and other farmers know Elizabeth as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, she is also involved in her community groups such as the women's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. Elizabeth described her harvest last year as excellent, but hopes she can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group. Elizabeth first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2012 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Elizabeth 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 her family and send her children to school. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she likes being a leader, and as an active community member, she wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Elizabeth plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school, save for the future, buy a cow and invest in a business. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Elizabeth’s own life was improved because she 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. Elizabeth and her 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 the photo.

In this group: Elizabeth, Martin, Roselyne, Matayo, Fredrick, Geofrey
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