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


Prisca's Group's story

This group consists of seven group leader farmers in Busia District, with Prisca selected as the Kiva representative. Prisca 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 76 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.

Prisca is a reliable member of the community. She is married with nine children. Prisca is 43 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 20 years to support her family. In addition to this, Prisca is very active in her community and is involved in the women's group, prayer group and burial committee.

Prisca is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Prisca joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best farming methods and get fertilizer and hybrid seeds to help her earn enough to feed her family and send her children to school. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member who wants to help more farmers by spreading the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Prisca plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to buy a cow.

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. Prisca and her 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: Prisca, Anatalia, Robert, John, Mary, Seline, Christine



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