A loan of $3,875 helped a member to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum..


Mary's Group's story

Mary is a member of this group in Kakamega North District. She is pictured here in a group of 6 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 62 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Mary 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 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.

Mary is married and has 8 children. She is 50 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable and trustworthy. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group, savings group and prayer group. Mary has been a farmer for two years. Mary described her harvest as good last year, but believes she can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Mary first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2012 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Mary joined One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods and earn enough to feed family. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member who wants to help more farmers. Mary plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send children to school and repair the home. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Mary’s own life was improved because she has more farm group support.

Mary 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 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 of the photo.

In this group: Mary, Samson, Desteria, Petronilla, Christopher, Nicholas
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