A loan of $2,500 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Neclas' Group's story

Neclas is a member of this group in Kakamega North District. He is pictured here in a group of 4 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 40 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Neclas 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.

Neclas is 58 years old and has been a farmer for 26 years. Neclas works as a farmer to provide for his 8 children. The community and other farmers know Neclas as friendly, hardworking, reliable and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community such as the men's group and savings group. Neclas described his harvest last year as good, but hopes he can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in his group.

Neclas first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2011 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Neclas joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds and send children to school. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he likes being a leader, and as an active community member, he wants to help more farmers. Neclas plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send children to school, save for the future and buy a cow. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Neclas’s own life was improved because he has more profits from harvest, has more farm training, has more farm group support, was able to save money and feed the family.

Neclas and his 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 onto 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: Neclas, Philice, Joseph, Peter
*not pictured

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