A loan of $4,975 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.


Carolyne's Group's story

Carolyne is a member of this group in Chwele District. She is pictured here in a group of eight One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 80 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Carolyne 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 KES for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Carolyne is married and has three children. She is 26 years old and is known as a friendly and hardworking farmer. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group and savings group. Carolyne has been a farmer for 10 years. Carolyne described her harvest as excellent last year, but believes she can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Carolyne first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2009 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Carolyne joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices and learn new farming methods. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member who wants to help more farmers and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Carolyne plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school and to repair her home. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Carolyne’s own life was improved because she had more profits from her harvest, was able to save money, 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 on to the farmers. Carolyne 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.

The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

In this group: Carolyne, Anthony, Jackson, Jesika, Beatrice, Caroline, Margaret, Edinah



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