A loan of $3,550 helped a member to allow farmers the opportunity to buy cost efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.

Cleophas' Group's story

Cleophas is a member of this group in the Chwele District. He is pictured here in a group of 5 One Acre Fund farmers who are group leaders. (The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.) The group leaders represent a total of 57 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Cleophas 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 ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average farming input loan of 5,349 shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Cleophas is married and has 12 children. He is 47 years old and is known as reliable. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group. He has been a farmer for 27 years. He 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.

Cleophas first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2012 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. He joined One Acre Fund in order to get access to new farming methods. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member. Cleophas 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. Cleophas’s own life was improved because he has more farm training.

In this group: Cleophas, Linet, Mark, Moses, Agnes

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