A loan of $4,275 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Marygorety's Group's story

This group consists of seven group leader farmers from Kakamega North District. Marygorety has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with her hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to her and the 69 other individual farmers represented by 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.

Marygorety is married and has eight children. She is 60 years old and is known as friendly, hardworking, reliable, and trustworthy. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group, savings group and the prayer group. Marygorety has been a farmer for 32 years. She describes her harvest as good last year but believes she can have an even better one this year by continuing to work with One Acre Fund.

Marygorety first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2009 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 long rains season. Marygorety joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, get new farming methods, and get 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. Marygorety plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send children to school, save for the future, and buy a cow. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Marygorety’s own life has improved, because she has more farm training and was able to save money and feed her family.

Marygorety and her group need a loan to cover the initial costs of purchasing seeds and fertilizer through One Acre Fund. One Acre Fund will repay the Kiva loan on behalf of the farmers with 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 in the photo.

In this group: Marygorety, Joina, Elisha, Doroth, Japheth, Symon, Hudson

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