A loan of $5,300 helped a member to buy hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.


Jackson's Group's story

Jackson’s group has seven group leader farmers and is located in Webuye District. The group leaders in this group represent a total of 85 individual farmers (not pictured) who are each asking for an average loan of 5,349 shillings to purchase a One Acre Fund package for seeds for ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Jackson is pictured on the right of the group with his hand raised. Jackson is a reliable member of the community. He is married with 12 children. Jackson is 76 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 40 years to support his family. In addition to this, Jackson is very active in his community and is involved in the men's group, the prayer group and the burial committee. He hopes as a One Acre Fund farmer that he is able to join the ranks of One Acre Fund farmers who have doubled their harvest in their first year of the program! The 2014 Long Rains season will be Jackson’s first season with One Acre Fund. He joined this year in order to get the best seed prices, new farming methods, fertilizer and hybrid seeds and earn enough to feed his family. As an active member in his community, Jackson also volunteers his time to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Jackson plans on using his future profits from the harvest to invest in a business. He believes that his life will improve by working with One Acre Fund because he is a new farmer. Jackson 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. The field officer is included in the photo and is standing on the left of the group.

In this group: Jackson, Esther, Mourice, Dinah, Carolyne, Elly, Daniel
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