A loan of $4,050 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer for better harvests of maize, millet and sorghum.


Fredrick's Group's story

Fredrick’s group has seven group leader farmers and is located in Busia District. The group leaders in this group represent a total of 65 individual farmers (not pictured) who are each asking for an average loan of 5,349 shillings to purchase a One Acre Fund package for ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Fredrick is pictured on the right of the group with his hand raised.

Fredrick is 48 years old and has been a farmer for 10. Fredrick works as a farmer to provide for his five children. The community and other farmers know Fredrick as hardworking. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community in the savings group. Fredrick described his harvest last year as not with One Acre Fund, but he hopes he can have a better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in his group.

Fredrick is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Fredrick joined One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods and earn enough to feed his family. Fredrick plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school and save for the future. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers.

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. Fredrick 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: Fredrick, Margret, John, Pamela, Janet, Ruth, Bernard



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