A loan of $4,000 helped a member to gain access to cost efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.

Vincent's Group's story

Vincent is a member of this group in Chwele District. He is pictured here in a group of six One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 64 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Vincent has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with his hand raised. He and the other farmers represented in this group are each receiving ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of 5,349 shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Vincent is married and has five children. He is 72 years old and is known as friendly and hardworking. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. Vincent has been a farmer for 50 years. He described his harvest as excellent last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Vincent joined One Acre Fund in 2010, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. He joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds and earn enough to feed his family and send the children to school. Because he is an active community member, Vincent wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Vincent has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Vincent's life because he has more profits from harvest, has more farm training, has more farm group support and was able to save money and feed the family. In the future, Vincent hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to repair the home, send the children to school, save for the future, buy a cow and invest in a business.

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 onto the farmers. Vincent 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: Vincent, Agnes, Robert, Prisca, Chemtai, Maiba

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