A loan of $3,000 helped a member to access hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.


Julius' Group's story

Julius is a member of this group in Matete District. He is pictured here in a group of five One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 48 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Julius 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. Julius is 49 years old and has been a farmer for 27 years. Julius works as a farmer to provide for his five children. The community and other farmers know Julius as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community's groups such as the men's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. Julius described his harvest last year as good, but he hopes he can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in his group. Julius first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2010 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Julius joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, 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. Julius plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send children to school, repair the home, 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. Julius’s own life was improved because he has more profits from harvest, more farm training, more farm group support and was able to 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 onto the farmers. Julius 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. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

In this group: Julius, Selpha, Edda, Fridah, David
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