A loan of $4,675 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Alice's Group's story

This group consists of 8 group leader farmers in Webuye District, with Alice selected as the Kiva representative. Alice has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with her hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to her and the 75 other individual farmers represented in this group. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here, but will be receiving an average loan of 5,349 shillings.

Alice is married and has five children. She is 53 years old and is known as friendly and hardworking. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group, the savings group and the prayer group.

Alice has been a farmer for 30 years. She described her harvest as good last year, but believes she can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Alice 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. Alice joined One Acre Fund to get the best seed prices, and to get new farming methods. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member and wants to help more farmers.

Alice plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send children to school and repair the home. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Alice’s own life was improved because she has more profits from the harvest and was able to feed the family.

Alice and her 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 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 also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

In this group: Alice, Janerose, Hellen, Doris, Alice, Adlight, Jack , Gladys

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