A loan of $4,425 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Betty's Group's story

Betty is a member of this group in Matete District. She is pictured here in a group of seven One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 71 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Betty 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.

Betty is married and has six children. She is 44 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking and trustworthy. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group, savings group and prayer group. Betty has been a farmer for 22 years. Betty described her harvest as good last year, but she believes she can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Betty 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. Betty joined One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods, earn enough to feed family and send her children to school. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she likes being a leader and wants to help more farmers. Betty plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school and invest in a business. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Betty’s own life was improved because she has more profits from her harvest, was able to save money and was able to feed the family.

Betty 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: Betty, Sarah, Festus, Kasikon, Agnes, Everlyne, Zakaria

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