A loan of $5,350 helped a member to access hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.

Solomon's Group's story

Solomon’s group has eight group leader farmers and is located in Chwele District. The group leaders represent a total of 86 individual farmers (not pictured), who are each asking for an average loan of 5,349 shillings to purchase a One Acre Fund package for a quarter-acre of maize and a quarter-acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Solomon is pictured on the right with his hand raised.

Solomon is 55 years old and has been a farmer for 48 years. He works as a farmer to provide for his ten children. The community and other farmers know Solomon as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. He is also involved in his community in groups such as the men's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. Solomon 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.

Solomon first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2007 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Solomon joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, learn new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, and earn enough to feed his family and send his children to school. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he likes being a leader, and as an active community member he wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Solomon plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school, repair his home, save for the future, buy a cow and invest in a business. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for the farmers. Solomon’s own life has improved because he has more training, earns more profits from harvest, has more group support, and has been able to save money and feed his family.

Solomon 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 their harvests. One Acre Fund pre-purchases the seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the savings to the farmers. Throughout the planting and harvesting season, One Acre Fund also provides training and support to the farmers as they repay 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 standing on the left of the photo.

In this group: Solomon, Hellen, Richard, Everlyne, Emily, Peter, Geoffrey, Faris

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