A loan of $4,725 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Martine's Group's story

Martine is a member of this group in Busia District. He is pictured here in a group of 10 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 76 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Martine has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with his hand raised. He and the other farmers represented in this group are each receiving seeds for 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.

Martine is married and has six children. He is 60-years-old and is known as friendly, hardworking and reliable. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group and savings group. Martine has been a farmer for 15 years.

Martine joined One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods, fertilizer and hybrid seeds and earn enough to feed his family. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Martine plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers.

Martine and his 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.

The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

In this group: Martine, Raphael, Pamela, Tobias, Jackline, Genever, James, Chrispinus, Fenso, Phidelis

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