A loan of $3,250 helped a member to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum..


Khasoko's Group's story

This group consists of 5 group leader farmers in Matete District with Khasoko selected as the Kiva representative. Khasoko has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with his hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to him and the 52 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. Khasoko is a reliable member of the community. He is married with 9 children. Khasoko is 49 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 38 years to support his family. In addition to this, Khasoko is very active in his community and is involved in the prayer group and burial committee. He described his harvest last year as not with One Acre Fund. He hopes as a One Acre Fund farmer he is able to join the ranks of One Acre Fund farmers that have doubled their harvest in their first year of the program! The 2013 Long Rains season will be Khasoko’s first season with One Acre Fund. He joined this year in order to get new farming methods and earn enough to feed his family. As an active member in his community, Khasoko also volunteered his time to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member. Khasoko plans on using future profits from the harvest to send his children to school. He believes that his life will improve by working with One Acre Fund. Khasoko 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: Khasoko, Linety, Stanley, Barasa, Sellah
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