A loan of $3,550 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.

Christine's Group's story

Christine is a member of this group in Busia District. She is pictured here in a group of 5 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 57 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Christine has been selected to act as the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right with her hand raised. She 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 5,349 shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Christine is married and has children. She is 22 years old and is known as a friendly, hardworking, and experienced farmer. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group and prayer group. Christine believes that she can have a better harvest this year by working with One Acre Fund.

Christine is preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Christine joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, learn new farming methods and purchase fertilizer and hybrid seeds. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member who wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers.

Christine plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school and repair the home. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers.

Christine 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: Christine, Sylvonos, George, Annet, Seline

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