A loan of $5,925 helped a member to allow farmers the opportunity to buy cost-efficient maize, millet and sorghum seeds.

Peter's Group's story

Peter is a member of this group in the Webuye District. He is pictured here in a group of eight One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 95 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Peter 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 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.

Peter is 55 years old and has been a farmer for 38 years. Peter works as a farmer to provide for his 10 children. The community and other farmers know Peter as a friendly, hardworking and reliable farmer. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community and participates in the men's group and savings group. Peter 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 his group.

Peter first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2011 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Peter joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, to learn new farming methods, to obtain both fertilizer and hybrid seeds and to earn enough to feed his family. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he likes being a leader and is an active community member who wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Peter plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send children to school. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Peter’s own life was improved because he earns more profits from harvest and was able to save money and 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. Peter 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: Peter, Salome, Annah, Saul, Alfred, John, Everlyne, Hellen
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