A loan of $4,175 helped a member to allow farmers the opportunity to buy cost-efficient maize, millet and sorghum seeds.


Titus' Group's story

Titus’s group has seven group leader farmers and is located in Chwele District. The group leaders in this group represent a total of 67 individual farmers (not pictured) who are each asking for an average loan of 5,349 KES to purchase a One Acre Fund package for one-quarter acre of maize and one-quarter acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Titus is pictured on the right of the group with his hand raised.

Titus is a reliable member of the community. He is married with a child. Titus is 26 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 10 years to support his family. In addition to this, Titus is very active in his community and is involved in the men's group and prayer group. He describes his harvest last year as excellent. He hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and to continue with the success he is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages.

Titus joined One Acre Fund in 2013 and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Titus joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices, learn new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds. Because he likes being a leader who wants to help more farmers, Titus has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Titus's life because he has more profits from harvest, more farm training and is able to save money. In the future, Titus hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to buy a cow.

One Acre Fund focuses on working with smallholder farmers across Kenya. The organization pre-purchases seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the cost savings onto the farmers. Titus and his group will use the Kiva loan to cover this initial cost of purchasing the seeds and fertilizer package from One Acre Fund. One Acre Fund continues providing training and support throughout the planting and harvesting season to ensure a good harvest and repayment. 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: Titus, Jemimah, Godfrey, Jentrix, Annah, Janepher, Rophine



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