A loan of $5,975 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet and sorghum..


Benson's Group's story

Benson is a member of this group in Chwele District. He is pictured here in a group of 11 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 96 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Benson 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 inputs for 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. Benson is married and has six children. He is 48 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group, savings group and burial committee. Benson has been a farmer for 20 years. Benson described his harvest as excellent last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund. Benson 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. Benson joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, 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. Benson plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school, repair the home, save for the future, buy a cow and invest in a business. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Benson’s own life was improved because he has more profits from harvest, has more farm training and was able to save money and feed the family. Benson 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 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: Benson, Mary, Catherine, Lona, John, Peter, Rosemary, Patrick, Noleka, Everlyne, Alice
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