A loan of $4,050 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.


Ishmael's Group's story

Ishmael is a member of this group in Busia District. He is pictured here in a group of 5 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 65 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Ishmael 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. Ishmael is married and has five children. He is 33-years-old and is known as a friendly and hardworking farmer. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group and savings group. Ishmael has been a farmer for 20 years. Ishmael described his harvest as good last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund. Ishmael 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. Ishmael joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best prices for seeds, fertilizer and hybrid seeds to help him earn enough to feed his family and send his children to school. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member and wants to help more farmers by spreading the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Ishmael plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to save for the future. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Ishmael’s own life was improved because he has had more farm training, more farm group support and has been able to send his children to school. Ishmael 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 pictured and is standing on the left of the photo.

In this group: Ishmael, Stephano, Vitalis, Beatrice, Rosemary
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