A loan of $1,825 helped a member to gain access to cost-efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet and sorghum.


Dorice's Group's story

This group consists of three group leader farmers in Chwele District, with Dorice selected as the Kiva representative. Dorice 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 29 other individual farmers represented by this group. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant one-quarter acre of maize and one-quarter acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here but will be receiving an average loan of 5,349 KES each.

Dorice is 47 years old and has been a farmer for 10 years. Dorice works as a farmer to provide for her four children. The community and other farmers know Dorice as hardworking and reliable. Other than farming, she is also involved in community activities such as the women's group and burial committee. Dorice describes her harvest last year as excellent, but hopes she can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group.

Dorice joined One Acre Fund in 2011 and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Dorice joined One Acre Fund so that she could get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, earn enough to feed her family and send her children to school. Because she likes being a leader, she wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Dorice has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Dorice's life because she has more profits from harvest, more farm training, more farm group support and is able to feed the family. In the future, Dorice hopes that her profits from 2014 can be used to send her children to school and repair the home.

Dorice and her 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 on 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.

In this group: Dorice, Maximilla, Violet



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