A loan of $5,375 helped a member to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.

Amos' Group's story

Amos is a member of this group in Webuye District. He is pictured here in a group of eight One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 87 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Amos 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 one-quarter acre of maize and one-quarter acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of 5,349 Kenyan shillings for maize, millet, and sorghum cultivation.

Amos is married and has three children. He is 25 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy, and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community in groups such as the savings group, prayer group, and burial committee. Amos has been a farmer for eight years. Amos described his harvest as good last year, but he believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Amos 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. Amos joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, new farming methods, fertilizer, and hybrid seeds. He also wants to 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 likes being a leader, is an active community member, wants to help more farmers, and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

Amos 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.

Please note that there is one additional group leader in this photo who will be working with One Acre Fund but will not be a part of this Kiva group loan.

The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

In this group: Amos, Zipporah, Sussy, Kennedy, Christine, James, Pauline, Celestine

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