A loan of $3,575 helped a member to allow farmers the opportunity to buy cost efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.

Samwel's Group's story

This group consists of six group leader farmers in Kakamega North District with Samwel selected as the Kiva representative. Samwel has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with his hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to him and the 58 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 5,349 shillings.

Samwel is 61 years old and has been a farmer for 35 years. Samwel works as a farmer to provide for his 10 children. The community and other farmers know Samwel as friendly, hardworking, reliable and trustworthy. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community groups such as the men's group. Samwel described his harvest last year as good, but hopes he can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in his group.

Samwel joined One Acre Fund in 2010, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Samwel joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds. Because he is an active community member, he wants to help more farmers, so Samwel has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Samwel's life because he has more profits from the harvest, has more farm training, and was able to save money and feed the family. In the future, Samwel hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send his children to school, save for the future and buy a cow.

Samwel 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 of the photo.

In this group: Samwel, Violet, Jones, Tabitha, Levi, Stephen

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