A loan of $4,050 helped a member to gain access to cost-efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet and sorghum.

Jacob's Group's story

Jacob’s group has seven group leader farmers and is located in Chwele District. The group leaders in this group represent a total of 65 individual farmers (not pictured) who are each asking for an average loan of 5,349 KES to purchase a One Acre Fund package for one-quarter acre of maize and one-quarter acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Jacob is pictured on the right of the group with his hand raised.

Jacob is married and has six children. He is 38 years old and is known as friendly, reliable, hardworking, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. Jacob has been a farmer for five years. He describes 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.

Jacob first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2009 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Jacob 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 his family and send his children to school. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Jacob plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school, repair the 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 One Acre Fund farmers. Jacob’s own life is improved because he has more profits from harvest, has more farm training, has more farm group support, is able to save money and feed the 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 cost savings on to the farmers. Jacob 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 providing 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: Jacob, Grace, Meshack, Solomon, Christine, David, Aainea

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