A loan of $4,175 helped a member to gain access to cost efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.

Francis' Group's story

Francis’s group has six group leader farmers and is located in the Busia District. The group leaders in this group represent a total of 67 individual farmers (not pictured) who are each asking for an average loan of 5,349 shillings to purchase a One Acre Fund package to grow ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Francis is pictured on the right of the group in a purple shirt and black trousers.

Francis is a reliable member of the community. He is married with seven children. Francis is 58 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 25 years to support his family. In addition to this, Francis is very active in his community and is involved in the savings group, prayer group, and burial committee. He described his harvest last year as good. He hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and to continue the success he is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages.

Francis joined One Acre Fund in 2013 and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Francis joined One Acre Fund so that he could get fertilizer and hybrid seeds and earn enough to feed his family. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Francis's life because he was able to save money. In the future, Francis hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send his children to school.

Francis and his 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: Francis, Margret, Peter, Sylivester, Carolyne, Vincent

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