A loan of $4,725 helped a member to gain access to cost efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.

Peter's Group's story

Peter is a member of this group in Matete District. He is pictured here in a group of 7 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 76 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Peter 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.

Peter is a reliable member of the community. He is married with 4 children. Peter is 40 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 10 years to support his family. In addition to this, Peter is very active in his community and is involved in the burial committee. He described his harvest last year as good. He hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and to continue enjoying the success he is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages.

Peter 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. Peter joined One Acre Fund in order to earn enough to feed family. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member. Peter plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to invest in a business. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Peter’s own life was improved because he was able to feed his 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. Peter 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: Peter, Charles, Agnes, Jumae, John, Peter, Sofia

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