A loan of $4,725 helped a member to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum..


Kelvin's Group's story

Kelvin 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 76 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Kelvin 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.

Kelvin is 47 years old and has been a farmer for 17 years. Kelvin works as a farmer to provide for his six children. The community and other farmers know Kelvin as a hardworking, reliable and experienced farmer. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community such as the savings group, the prayer group, and the burial committee. Kelvin was not with One Acre Fund last year, but hopes he can have a better harvest with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group.

Kelvin is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Kelvin joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices, fertilizer and hybrid seeds and get new farming methods. Because he is an active community member who wants to help more farmers and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers, Kelvin has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. In the future, Kelvin hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to invest in a business.

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. Kelvin 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: Kelvin , Christine, Patrick, Milcah, Margret, Josephine , Margret
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