A loan of $3,625 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.


Calisto's Group's story

Calisto is a member of this group in Busia District. He is pictured here in a group of six One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 58 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Calisto has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and he is standing on the right with his hand raised. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

Calisto and the other farmers represented in this group are each receiving ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of KES 5,349 (shillings) for maize, millet, and sorghum cultivation.

Calisto is married and has nine children. He is 59 years old and is known as friendly, hard-working, reliable, trustworthy, and an experienced farmer. He is active in his community, in groups such as the men's group, prayer group, and burial committee. Calisto has been a farmer for 20 years. He was not with One Acre Fund last year, but believes he can have an even better harvest this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

The 2014 Long Rains season will be Calisto’s first season with One Acre Fund. He joined this year in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, earn enough money to feed his family and send his children to school. As an active member in his community, Calisto also volunteered his time to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member, who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

Calisto plans on using future profits from the harvest to send his children to school, repair the home, save for the future, and buy a pig. He believes that his life will improve by working with One Acre Fund because he has more profits from harvest, has more farm training, has more farm group support, was able to save money, and feed the family.

Calisto 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: Calisto, Joyce, Kennedy, Margret, Joseph, Margret



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