A loan of $4,675 helped a member to buy cost-efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.

Lilian's Group's story

Lilian is a member of this group in Busia District. She is pictured here in a group of seven One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 75 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Lilian has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right, with her hand raised. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

Lilian 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 KES 5,349 (shillings) for maize, millet, and sorghum cultivation.

Lilian is married and has four children. She is 42 years old and is known as friendly and an experienced farmer. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group and savings group. Lilian has been a farmer for 20 years. She described her harvest as excellent last year, but believes she can have an even better one this year, by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Lilian first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2013 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Lilian joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices and fertilizer and to earn enough to feed her family. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she likes being a leader and wants to help more farmers and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

Lilian plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Lilian’s own life was improved because she has more profits from harvest and was able to save money.

Lilian 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 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.

In this group: Lilian , Wilberforce, Gerald, Peter, Margret, Peter, Francis

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