A loan of $2,500 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum..


Elizabeth's Group's story

Elizabeth is a member of this group in Busia District. She is pictured here in a group of four One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 40 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Elizabeth 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. Elizabeth is married and has one child. She is 46 years old and is known as friendly and hardworking. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group and prayer group. Elizabeth has been a farmer for 15 years. Elizabeth 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.

Elizabeth 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. Elizabeth joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices and access to fertilizer and hybrid seeds, 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 is an active community member who wants to help more farmers and spread the word about One Acre Fund farmers. Elizabeth plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send children to school and invest in a business. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Elizabeth’s own life was improved because she had more profits from harvest and was able to feed her family.

Elizabeth 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 on 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: Elizabeth, Gilbert, Susan, Fredric
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