A loan of $4,475 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Abel's Group's story

Abel is a member of this group in Matete District. He is pictured here in a group of 7 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 72 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Abel has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with his hand raised. He and the other farmers represented in this group are each receiving inputs for 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.

Abel is a reliable member of the community. He is married with four children. Abel is 38 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 16 years to support his family. In addition to this, Abel is very active in his community and is involved in the savings group, prayer group and burial committee. He described his harvest last year as not with One Acre Fund. He hopes that as a One Acre Fund farmer he will be able to join the ranks of One Acre Fund farmers that have doubled their harvest in their first year of the program!

The 2014 Long Rains season will be Abel’s first season with One Acre Fund. He joined this year in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods and earn enough to feed his family. Abel also volunteered his time to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he likes being a leader and an active community member who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Abel plans on using profits from the harvest to save for the future and invest in a business. He believes that his life will improve by working with One Acre Fund just like the other One Acre Fund farmers.

Abel 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 this group: Abel, Florence, Lilian, Doreen, Christine, Levi, Luka

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