A loan of $4,050 helped a member get access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.

Violet's Group's story

Violet is a member of this group in Chwele District. She is pictured here in a group of 6 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 65 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Violet has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with her hand raised. She 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.

Violet is 41 years old and has been a farmer for 17 years. Violet works as a farmer to provide for her 4 children. The community and other farmers know Violet as hardworking. Other than farming, she is also involved in her community's activities such as the women's group. Violet described her harvest last year as excellent, but hopes she can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group.

The 2013 Long Rains season won’t be Violet’s first season with One Acre Fund. She first joined One Acre Fund in 2010 and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to earn enough to feed family. As an active member in her community, Violet also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she wants to help more farmers. Violet plans on using future profits from the harvest to send children to school. Her life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because she has more profits from harvest.

Violet and her 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: Violet, Lydia, Alice, Salome, Bevaline, Celestine

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