A loan of $2,750 helped a member to buy cost-efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.


Adriano's Group's story

This group consists of four group leader farmers in Chwele District, with Adriano selected as the Kiva representative. Adriano has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with his hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to him and the 44 other individual farmers represented in this group. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant a quarter-acre of maize and a quarter-acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here but will be receiving an average loan of 5,349 shillings.

Adriano is 38 years old and has been a farmer for four years. He works as a farmer to provide for his five children. The community and other farmers know Adriano as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community in groups such as the men's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. Adriano described his harvest last year as good, but hopes he can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in his group.

The 2013 Long Rains season won’t be Adriano’s first season with One Acre Fund. He first joined in 2010 and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, new farming methods, fertilizer and hybrid seeds, and to earn enough to feed his family and send his children to school. As an active member in his community, Adriano also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he likes being a leader and wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Adriano plans on using future profits from the harvest to send his children to school, repair his home, save for the future, and invest in a business. His life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because he has more profits from the harvest, has more farm training, and was able to save money and feed his family.

Adriano and his 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 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 of the photo.

In this group: Adriano, Irene, Mirriam, Eulitah



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