A loan of $4,250 helped a member to gain access to cost efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum..


Esther's Group's story

Amuka is a group of 7 group leader farmers in Kakamega North District with Esther selected as the Kiva representative. Esther has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with her hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to her and the 68 other individual farmers represented in this group. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here but will be receiving an average loan of 5,349 shillings.

Esther is 64 years old and has been a farmer for 20 years. Esther works as a farmer to provide for her 6 children. The community and other farmers know Esther as friendly, hardworking, reliable and trustworthy. Other than farming, she is also involved in her community's activities such as the women's group and savings group. Esther described her harvest last year as good, but hopes she can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group.

Esther first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2009 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Esther joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds and earn enough to feed her family. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member who wants to help more farmers. Esther plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school, buy a cow and invest in a business. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Esther’s own life was improved because she 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. Esther and the Amuka 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: Esther, David, Josphat, Susan, Jane, Jacob, Kevin
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