A loan of $5,650 helped a member to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.


Namisi's Group's story

This group consists of 8 group leader farmers in Webuye District with Namisi selected as the Kiva representative. Namisi has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with his hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to him and the 91 other individual farmers represented in this group. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here, but will be receiving an average loan of 5,349 shillings.

Namisi is 46 years old and has been a farmer for 20 years. Namisi works as a farmer to provide for his 4 children. The community and other farmers know Namisi as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community such as the men's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. Namisi described his harvest last year as good, but hopes he can have an even better one with the support of the One Acre Fund and the other farmers in his group.

Namisi first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2008 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Namisi joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, earn enough to feed family and send children to school. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member, who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Namisi plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send children to school, repair the home, save for the future, buy a cow and invest in a business. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Namisi’s own life was improved because he has greater profits from the harvest, has more farm training, has more farm group support, was able to save money, and to 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. Namisi 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: Namisi, Roselyne, Dorcas, Annarine, Wanyonyi, Carolyne, Rose, Moses



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