A loan of $4,325 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Nancy's Group's story

Nancy is a member of Emukaya Group in Kakamega North District. She is pictured here in a group of seven One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 70 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Nancy 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 inputs for a quarter acre of maize and a quarter acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of 5,349 shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Nancy is 44 years old and has been a farmer for 23 years. She works as a farmer to provide for her five children. The community and other farmers know Nancy as friendly, hard-working, reliable and trustworthy. Other than farming, she is also involved in community groups such as the women's group, savings group and prayer group. Nancy described her harvest last year as good, but she hopes to have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group.

Nancy 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. Nancy joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, learn new farming methods and obtain fertilizer and hybrid seeds. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

Nancy plans to use the money she earns from her next harvest to send children to school and buy a cow. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Nancy’s own life was improved because she has more profits from harvest, has more farm training, has more farm group support, and was able to save money and feed the family.

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. Nancy and the Emukaya 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 to provide 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: Nancy, Fred, Redson, Abiud, Shem, Gadi, Ambrose

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