A loan of $4,375 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Lazarus' Group's story

Lazarus is a member of Amani Group in Kakamega North District. He is pictured here in a group of 8 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 70 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Lazarus 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.

Lazarus is married and has 4 children. He is 40 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable and trustworthy. He is active in his community's activities in groups such as the men's group, savings group and prayer group. Lazarus has been a farmer for 27 years. Lazarus described his harvest as good last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Lazarus 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. Lazarus 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. Lazarus plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send children to school, repair the home, 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. Lazarus’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.

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. Lazarus and the Amani 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: Lazarus, Nancy, Phanice, Briyan, Agnes, Priscah, Wycliffe, Martha

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