A loan of $3,875 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer to increase better harvests of maize, millet and sorghum..


Lonah's Group's story

Lonah’s group has six group leader farmers and is located in Kakamega North District. The group leaders in this group represent a total of 62 individual farmers (not pictured) who are each asking for an average loan of 5,349 KES to purchase a One Acre Fund package for one-quarter acre of maize and one-quarter acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Lonah is pictured on the right of the group with her hand raised. Lonah is married and has eight children. She is 46 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group and prayer group. Lonah has been a farmer for 15 years. Lonah describes her harvest as good last year, but believes she can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund. Lonah first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2010 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Lonah joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, learn new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds to 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 likes being a leader and as an active community member, she wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Lonah plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school, repair the home and save for the future. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Lonah’s own life has improved because she has more profits from harvest, more farm training, and is able to save money and feed the family. Lonah and her 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 onto 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.

In this group: Lonah, Alfred, Mary, Joseph, Margret, Enrieta
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