A loan of $3,900 helped a member to gain access to cost-efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.

Evans Masibili's Group's story

Evans’ Group has six group leader farmers and is located in the Webuye District. The group leaders in this group represent a total of 63 individual farmers (not pictured) who are each requesting an average loan of 5,349 KES in order to purchase a One Acre Fund package for ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Evans is pictured on the right of the group with his hand raised.

Evans is 55 years old and has been a farmer for 25 years. The community and other farmers know Evans as a friendly, hardworking, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community and participates in the men's group, savings group and burial committee. Evans 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.

Evans joined One Acre Fund in 2009 and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Evans joined One Acre Fund so that he could obtain the best prices on fertilizer and hybrid seeds as well as to learn new farming methods to help him earn enough to feed family and send children to school. Because he likes being a leader and is an active community member, he wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Evans has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Evans' life because he has received more farm training, has increased profits from harvest and has more farm group support. In the future, Evans hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send his children to school and invest in a business.

Evans 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 on 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.

In this group: Evans, Florence, Leah, Irene, Peter, Patrick
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