A loan of $3,800 helped a member to buy cost-efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.


Michael's Group's story

This group consists of six group leader farmers in Chwele District, with Michael volunteering to be the Kiva representative; he is on the right of the photo with his hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to him and the 61 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 receive an average loan of 5,349 shillings. Michael is married and has six children. He is 44 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group, prayer group and burial committee. Michael has been a farmer for 38 years. He described his harvest as good last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund. The 2013 Long Rains season won’t be Michael’s first season with One Acre Fund. He first joined in 2007 and has continued working with 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. As an active member in his community, Michael also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he likes being a leader. He wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund. Michael plans on using profits from the harvest to send his children to school, repair his home, buy a cow, and invest in a business. His life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because he earns larger profits, has more training and group support, and has been able to save money and feed his family. 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 savings onto the farmers. Michael 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 to provide 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.

In this group: Michael, Michael, Metrine, Catherine, Adelite, Joseph
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