A loan of $2,500 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Anthony's Group's story

Anthony 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 40 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Anthony 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, mille, and sorghum cultivation.

Anthony is married and has 5 children. He is 65 years old and is known as hardworking, reliable and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community in groups such as the prayer group and burial committee. Anthony has been a farmer for 15 years. Anthony described his harvest as not very good with One Acre Fund last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Anthony first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2013 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Anthony joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices and get new farming methods. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he likes being a leader, and is an active community member, and wants to help more farmers, and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Anthony plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to repair the home, and buy a goat. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Anthony’s own life was improved because he has more farm training, has more farm group support and was able to feed the family.

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. Anthony 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: Anthony, Melsa, Lillian, Feninand

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