A loan of $4,175 helped a member to support farmers in purchasing hybrid seeds and fertilizer to increase their harvests of maize, millet, and sorghum..


Toli J's Group's story

This group consists of six group leader farmers in the Matete District with Toli J selected as the Kiva representative. Toli J has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with his hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to him and the 67 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. Toli J is 40 years old and has been a farmer for 20 years. Toli J works as a farmer to provide for his 4 children. The community and other farmers know Toli J as trustworthy. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community's activities such as the prayer group. Toli J described his harvest last year as good, but hopes he can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in his group. Toli J joined One Acre Fund in 2012 and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Toli J joined One Acre Fund so that he could earn enough to feed his family. Because he wants to help more farmers, Toli J has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Toli J's life because he has more profits from his harvest. In the future, Toli J hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to buy a cow.

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 on to the farmers. Toli J 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: Toli J, Leah, Gladys, Lilian, Janet, Francis
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