A loan of $3,925 helped a member to support farmers in purchasing hybrid seeds and fertilizer to increase better harvests of maize, millet, and sorghum.


Meshack's Group's story

This group consists of six group leader farmers in Chwele District with Meshack selected as the Kiva representative. Meshack 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 his and the 63 other individual farmers represented in this group. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant one quarter acre of maize and one quarter acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here but will be receiving an average loan of 5,349 KES. Meshack is 59 years old and has been a farmer for 40. Meshack works as a farmer to provide for his nine children. The community and other farmers know Meshack as friendly, hardworking and trustworthy. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community in ways such as the prayer group. Meshack 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 her group. Meshack first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2008 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Meshack joined One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, and earn enough to feed his family. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he wants to help more farmers and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Meshack plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send children to school and invest in a business. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Meshack’s own life was improved because he has more profits from harvest and was able to feed the 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. Meshack 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: Meshack, Frenandes, Richard, Daniel, Margaret, Charles
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