A loan of $5,800 helped a member to gain access to cost-efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.

Alfred's Group's story

Alfred is a member of this group in Matete District. He is pictured here in a group of eight One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 93 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Alfred 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 KES 5,349 (shillings) for maize, millet, and sorghum cultivation.

Alfred is married and has 11 children. He is 66 years old and is known as trustworthy. He is active in his community in groups such as the prayer group. Alfred has been a farmer for 42 years and he described his harvest as poor last year, but he believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Alfred 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. He joined One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, and earn enough money to feed the family. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member.

Alfred plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school and to repair the home. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Alfred ’s own life was improved because he has more profits from harvest, was able to save money, and feed the family.

Alfred 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.

In this group: Alfred , Violet, Emily, Solomon, Phanice, Beatrice, Cornelia, Rose

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