A loan of $2,550 helped a member purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer to increase better harvests of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Nalulwe's Group's story

Nalulwe is a member of this group in Webuye District. He is pictured here in a group of 5 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 41 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Nalulwe 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 seeds for ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of 5,349 shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Nalulwe is married and has ten children. He is 53 years old and is known as friendly, reliable and trustworthy. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group, savings group, and prayer group. Nalulwe has been a farmer for 35 years. Nalulwe described his harvest as excellent last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

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

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. Nalulwe and his 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: Nalulwe, Velima, Philomena, Metrine, Jane
*not pictured

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