A loan of $3,750 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.


Petronilla's Group's story

This group consists of 6 group leader farmers in Chwele District with Petronilla selected as the Kiva representative. Petronilla has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with her hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to her and the 60 other individual farmers represented in this group. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here but will be receiving an average loan of 5,349 shillings.

Petronilla is married and has 2 children. She is 56 years old and is known as hardworking. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group. Petronilla has been a farmer for 23 years. Petronilla described her harvest as good last year, but believes she can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with the One Acre Fund.

Petronilla first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2008 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Petronilla joined One Acre Fund in order to gain new farming methods. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member. Petronilla plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send children to school. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Petronilla’s own life was improved because she was able to feed the family.


Petronilla and her group need a loan to cover the initial costs of purchasing the seeds and fertilizer through One Acre Fund. The One Acre Fund will repay the Kiva loan on behalf of the farmers through the profits from the farmers’ harvests. The 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, the One Acre Fund also provides training and support to the farmers as they make payments back to the 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: Petronilla, Godwin, Irene, Samwel, Izebeka, Philis



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