A loan of $2,375 helped a member to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.


Sylivester's Group's story

Sylivester is a member of this group in Busia District. He is pictured here in a group of 4 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 38 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Sylivester 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 for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation. Sylivester is married and has 8 children. He is 46 years old and is known as hardworking and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group and savings group. Sylivester has been a farmer for 10 years. Sylivester described his harvest as good last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund. Sylivester joined One Acre Fund in 2013, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Sylivester joined One Acre Fund so that he could get the best seed prices, and get new farming methods. Because he is an active community member and wants to help more farmers, Sylivester has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Sylivester's life because he has more profits from harvest, has more farm training and was able to save money and was able to feed the family. In the future, Sylivester hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send children to school and 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. Sylivester 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: Sylivester, Violet, Mary, Rosemary
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