A loan of $4,400 helped a member to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.

Felix's Group's story

Felix is a member of the Bidii farmers Group in the Busia District. He is pictured here in a group of nine One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 71 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Felix 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 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. Felix is a reliable member of the community. He is married with five children. Felix is 45 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last five years to support his family. In addition to this, Felix is involved in the prayer group. He described his harvest last year as one not with One Acre Fund. He hopes that 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!

Felix is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 long rain season. Felix joined One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods and get fertilizer and hybrid seeds. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative. Felix plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school and save for the future. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Felix’s own life was improved because he has more farm training.

Felix and the Bidii farmers 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 prepurchases 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: Felix, Peter, James, Hellen, Everline, Christopher, Vitalis, Rosemary, Conrad

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