A loan of $4,350 helped a member to gain access to cost-efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.

Patrick's Group's story

Patrick is a member of this group in Busia District. He is pictured here in a group of seven One Acre Fund group leader farmers. (The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.) The group leaders represent a total of 70 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Patrick 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 inputs for growing 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, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Patrick is married and has five children. He is 36 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community in groups such as the men's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. Patrick has been a farmer for 12 years. He described his harvest as good last year, but believes he can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Patrick 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. Patrick joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, send his children to school and earn enough to feed his family. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he likes being a leader, and as an active community member, he wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

Patrick plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send children to school, repair the home, save for the future, buy a cow and invest in a business. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Patrick ’s own life has improved because he has more profits from harvest, has more farm training, more farm group support, and was able to save money and feed the family.

Patrick 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.

In this group: Patrick, Jenta, Carolyne, Catherine, Lillian, Beatrice, Lillian

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