A loan of $3,825 helped a member to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.


Everline's Group's story

Everline is a member of this group in Chwele District. She is pictured here in a group of 5 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 62 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Everline has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with her hand raised. She 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 KSH 5,349 for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.
Everline is not married and has one child. She is 40 years old and is known as friendly and hardworking. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group and prayer group. Everline has been a farmer for 20 years. Everline described her harvest as good last year, but believes she can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund because she wants eradicate poverty.

Everline first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2011 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 long rains season. Everline joined One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods, and get fertilizer and hybrid seeds and earn enough to feed her family. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member and wants to help more farmers. Everline plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to buy a cow, and invest in a business. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Everline’s own life was improved because she was able to save money, feed her family and pay fees.
One Acre Fund focuses on working with smallholder farmers across Kenya. The organization pre-purchases seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the cost savings onto the farmers. Everline and her group will use the Kiva loan to cover this initial cost of purchasing the seeds and fertilizer package from One Acre Fund. One Acre Fund continues providing training and support throughout the planting and harvesting season to ensure a good harvest and repayment. 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: Everline, Chrispinus, Alex, Jeridah, Joseph



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