A loan of $2,750 helped a member to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.

Milka's Group's story

This group consists of 5 group leader farmers in Webuye District with Milka selected as the Kiva representative. Milka 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 44 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.

Milka is married and has 6 children. She is 40 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, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. Milka has been a farmer for 18 years. Milka described 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.

The 2013 Long Rains season won’t be Milka’s first season with One Acre Fund. She first joined One Acre Fund in 2010 and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, earn enough to feed her family and send her children to school. As an active member in her community, Milka also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she likes being a leader who wants to help more farmers and as an active community member, she wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Milka plans on using future profits from the harvest to send her children to school, repair the home, save for the future and buy a cow. Her life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because she has more profits from the harvest, has more farm training, has more farm group support and was able to save money.

Milka 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 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: Milka, Mary, Patrick, Wycliffe, Agnes

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