A loan of $4,925 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

David's Group's story

David is a member of this group in Webuye District. He is pictured here in a group of seven One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 79 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. David 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 shillings (KES) for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

David is a reliable member of the community. He is married with eleven children. David is 44 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 23 years to support his family. In addition to this, David is very active in his community and is involved in the men's group and savings group. He described his harvest last year as good. He hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and to continue the success he is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages.

David joined One Acre Fund in 2012, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. David joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices and get fertilizer and hybrid seeds to help him send children to school. Because he likes being a leader, is an active community member, and wants to help more farmers by spreading the story about One Acre Fund farmers. David has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved David's life because he has more farm training, has more profits from harvest and was able to feed the family. In the future, David hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send his children to school and repair their home.

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. David 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: David, Celestine, Mary, Fridah, Nickson, Amos, Rael
*not pictured

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