A loan of $3,425 helped a member to access hybrid seeds and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet and sorghum..


Violet's Group's story

Violet is a member of this group in Chwele District. She is pictured here in a group of five One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 55 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Violet has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with her hand raised. She and the other farmers represented by this group are each receiving one-quarter acre of maize and one-quarter acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of 5,349 KES for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation. Violet is a reliable member of the community. She is married with five children. She is 38 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 10 years to support her family. In addition to this, Violet is very active in her community and is involved in the women's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. She describes her harvest last year as excellent. She hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and to continue with the success she is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages.

Violet first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2010 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Violet joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, learn new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds to earn enough to feed her family and send her children to school. She has also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she likes being a leader and as an active community member, she wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Violet plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school, repair the home, save for the future and buy a cow. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Violet’s own life is improved because she has more profits from harvest, has more farm group support, has more farm training, and is able to save money and feed the family.

Violet 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: Violet, Phanice, Carolyne, Jane, Esther
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