A loan of $3,975 helped a member to purchase cost efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.


Janepher's Group's story

Janepher is a member of this group in Webuye District. She is pictured here in a group of 5 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 64 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Janepher 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 5,349 shillings for maize, millet, and sorghum cultivation.

Janepher is 43 years old, married, and has nine children. She is known as friendly, trustworthy, and an experienced farmer. She is active in her community's groups such as the women's group and the savings group. Janepher has been a farmer for 20 years. She 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.

Janepher first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2009 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. She joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, and earn enough to feed family. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member who wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers and help more farmers. Janepher plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her 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. Janepher’s own life has improved because she was able to save money and feed her family.

Janepher and her 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 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: Janepher, Dinah, Salome, Jane, Norah



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