A loan of $2,625 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum..


Grace's Group's story

Grace’s group has four group leader farmers and is located in Matete District. The group leaders in this group represent a total of 42 individual farmers (not pictured) who are each asking for an average loan of 5,349 shillings to purchase a One Acre Fund package of seeds for ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Grace is pictured on the right of the group with her hand raised.

Grace is a reliable member of the community. She is married with four children. Grace is 42-years-old and has been working as a farmer for the last 20 years to support her family. In addition to this, Grace is very active in her community and is involved in the women's group, savings group and prayer group. She described her harvest last year as good. She hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and to continue the success she is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages.

The 2013 Long Rains season won’t be Grace’s first season with One Acre Fund. She first joined One Acre Fund in 2011 and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, earn enough to feed her family and send her children to school. As an active member in her community, Grace also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she likes being a leader who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Grace plans on using future profits from the harvest to send her children to school, save for the future and buy a cow. Her life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because she has more profits from harvest, has more farm training, was able to save money and feed the family. Grace 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: Grace, Pelesi, Sabeti, Jane
*not pictured



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