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Magdaline's Group
In this Group: Magdaline, Justus, Nyongesa, Faith, Belliah, Ochieng, Joseph
Magdaline, 52, is married and has five children (she is standing on the right with her hand raised). She is known as a friendly and hardworking woman. In the past three years she has become an experienced farmer. She is active in her community, belonging to such groups as a women's group, prayer group and burial committee.

Magdaline is a member of this One Acre Fund, or OAF, group in Busia District. She and the seven others pictured here are OAF group leaders (the field officer is standing on the left). These leaders represent a total of 72 OAF farmers. She and the other farmers belonging to this group will each receive ¼ acre’s worth of maize seed and ¼ acre’s worth of millet or sorghum seed, plus fertilizer.

Magdaline joined OAF in order to get the best price on seed, learn new farming methods and earn enough to feed her family. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she wants to help more farmers and spread the story about OAF farmers. She received help through OAF last year but did not get as desirable a yield as she would have liked. She believes, however, that she can have a better harvest this year by continuing to work with OAF.

Magdaline and her group are applying for a 385,128 KES loan to cover the initial cost of purchasing seed and fertilizer through OAF. It pre-purchases seed and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the savings on to the farmers. On average they will receive a loan of 5,349 KES each. Throughout the planting and harvesting season, OAF also provides training and support to the farmers as they make payments back to OAF. The Fund will also repay the members’ Kiva loan out of the farmers’ profits.

Magdaline plans to use the money she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school and save for the future. She notes that working with OAF has led to many benefits for its farmers. With support from OAF and your Kiva loan, farmers such as Magdaline will have a chance at a successful harvest, increased profits and improved lives.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is part of One Acre Fund's integrated agricultural package, which provides groups of smallholder farmers with seeds and fertilizers on credit, onsite agricultural training, and insurance options. Borrowers also have the option to purchase solar lanterns as part of the loan package.

To give borrowers more flexibility, One Acre Fund permits them to switch groups, drop out of the program and change their loan amounts before receiving their inputs. To accommodate this, Kiva allows One Acre Fund to post loans for groups that may change in size and membership. Only the group leader is featured in the photo, representing the loans for each of his or her individual group members.

If a lender makes a loan to group containing a borrower that drops out, the lender will receive the full loan amount for that borrower back at the end of the harvest season. If the lender makes a loan to a group containing a borrower that decides to take a smaller loan amount after the loan is funded, the lender will receive the repayments from the smaller loan amount plus the full difference between the two loan amounts at the end of the harvest season.

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.

About One Acre Fund

With this loan, One Acre Fund will purchase fertilizer, seeds, and other important farming inputs to distribute to this farmer group during Kenya's next planting season in February. This distribution of farming inputs is part of One Acre Fund's integrated agriculture package, which includes training, reliable input supply (such as fertilizer and seeds), credit and insurance. Clients enroll between July and October for the following planting season, which begins in February. By purchasing inputs during these months, One Acre Fund is able to take advantage of the historically low farm input prices during this time of year in Kenya.

Members of One Acre Fund form groups in which each borrower guarantees the loans of all other borrowers in the group. One Acre Fund differs from a traditional microfinance institution, however, by allowing groups to split before the delivery of inputs at planting time. If a group were to split, each of the two new groups would have fewer members that could support a delinquency or default from a member. This may represent a different risk than that for a traditional MFI’s group loan.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.


About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 380
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $50,260,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 86.0
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Magdaline's Group's $4,500 loan helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet and sorghum.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
11 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Feb 1, 2014
Feb 21, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Dec 31, 2014