A loan of $4,175 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizers.

Samuel's Group's story

Samuel’s group has eight group leader farmers and is located in Kakamega North District. The group leaders in this group represent a total of 67 individual farmers (not pictured) who are each asking for an average loan of 5,349 shillings to purchase a One Acre Fund package for seed and fertilizer for ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Samuel is pictured at the right side of the group picture with his hand raised.

Samuel is a reliable member of the community. He is involved in the community's church leadership. He is married with eight children. Samuel is 67 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 40 years to support his family. In addition to this, Samuel is very active in his community and is involved in the men's group and the savings group. He described his harvest last year as excellent. He hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and to continue with the success he is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages.

Samuel first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2010 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Samuel joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, learn new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, earn enough to feed his family and send his children to school. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Samuel plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school, repair the home, buy a cow and invest in a business. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Samuel’s own life was improved because he has more profits from his harvest, has more farm training, has more farm group support, and was able to save money and feed the family.

Samuel 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.

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

In this group: Samuel, Charles, Noel, Dorine, Jackline, Agnes, Jane, Ruth

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