A loan of $2,875 helped a member to access hybrid seeds and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet and sorghum.

Gladys' Group's story

This group consists of three group leader farmers in Chwele District with Gladys selected as the Kiva representative. Gladys 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 46 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.

Gladys is 46 years old and has been a farmer for 20 years. Gladys works as a farmer to provide for her 10 children. The community and other farmers know Gladys as hardworking, reliable and trustworthy. Other than farming, she is also involved in community activities such as the prayer group. Gladys 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.

The 2014 Long Rains season won’t be Gladys’s first season with One Acre Fund. She first joined One Acre Fund in 2012 and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to learn new farming methods, earn enough to feed her family and send her children to school. As an active member in her community, Gladys also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she likes being a leader and an active community member. Gladys plans on using future profits from the harvest to send her children to school, repair the home and save for the future. Her life has improved by working
with One Acre Fund because she has more profits from harvest and is able to save money.

Gladys 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: Gladys, Diana, Winrose

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