A loan of $3,675 helped a member to gain access to cost-efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.


Annah's Group's story

Annah’s group has 6 group leader farmers and is located in Kakamega North District. The group leaders in this group represent a total of 59 individual farmers (not pictured) who are each asking for an average loan of 5,349 shillings to purchase a One Acre Fund package for ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. As the Kiva group representative, Annah is pictured on the right of the group with her hand raised. Annah is a reliable member of the community. She is married with 4 children. Annah is 42 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 25 years to support her family. In addition to this, Annah is very active in her community and is involved in the women's group. She described her harvest last year as excellent. She hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and to continue with the success she is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages. The 2013 Long Rains season won’t be Annah’s first season with One Acre Fund. She first joined One Acre Fund in 2011 and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to get fertilizer and hybrid seeds. As an active member in her community, Annah also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Annah plans on using future profits from the harvest to send children to school and buy a cow. Her life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because she has more farm training and was able to feed the family. Annah 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: Annah, Margaret, Christine, Clementina, Dorcas, Andrew
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