A loan of $4,600 helped a member to gain access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.

Dorice's Group's story

This group consists of seven group leader farmers in Chwele District, with Dorice selected as the Kiva representative. Dorice has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo, with her hand raised. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo. Farming inputs will be delivered to her and the 74 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 KES 5,349 (shillings).

Dorice is married and has four children. She is 60 years old and is known as hard-working and reliable. She is active in her community, in groups such as the women's group. Dorice has been a farmer for 30 years. She described her harvest as good last year, but she believes she can have an even better one this year, by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Dorice joined One Acre Fund in 2011 and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. She joined One Acre Fund, so that she could get new farming methods, fertilizer and hybrid seeds, and earn enough money to feed her family. Because she is an active community member, Dorice has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Dorice's life because she has more profits from the harvest and she was able to feed the family. In the future, Dorice hopes that her profits from 2014 can be used to invest in a business.

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.

Dorice and her 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.

In this group: Dorice, Florence, Jotham, Jane, Rose, Jane, Mary

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