A loan of $5,075 helped a member to access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet and sorghum.

Egesa's Group's story

Egesa is a member of the Imara Group in Busia District. He is pictured here in a group of nine One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 82 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Egesa 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.

Egesa is a reliable member of the community. He is married and has three children. Egesa is 38 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 15 years to support his family. In addition to this, Egesa is very active in his community and is involved in groups like the men's group, savings group, 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 who have doubled their harvest in their first year of the program!

The 2013 Long Rains season will be Egesa’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, to earn enough to feed his family and send his children to school. As an active member in his community, Egesa has also volunteered his time to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he wants to help more farmers and spread the story about One Acre farmers. He believes that his life will improve as a One Acre Fund farmer.

Egesa and the Imara 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: Egesa, Beatrice, Stephen, Nelson, Godfrey, Obura, Chrispinus, Oundo, Mildred

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