A loan of $3,550 helped a member to support farmers in purchasing hybrid seeds and fertilizer to increase better harvests of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Wycliffe's Group's story

Wycliffe is a member of this group in Webuye District. He is pictured here in a group of five One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo. The group leaders represent a total of fifty-seven individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Wycliffe 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 KES for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Wycliffe is a reliable member of the community. He is married with eight children. Wycliffe is fifty-four years old and has been working as a farmer for the last forty-five years to support his family. In addition to this, Wycliffe is very active in his community and is involved in the men's group, savings group, prayer group and the burial committee. He described his harvest last year as good. He hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and keep enjoying the success he is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages.

Wycliffe first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2010 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Wycliffe joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, learn new farming methods, get fertilizer and hybrid seeds, earn enough to feed his family and send children to school. He also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he is an active community member, who wants to help more farmers learn about One Acre Fund. Wycliffe plans to use the money that he earns from his next harvest to send his children to school, repair the home, save for the future and buy a cow. He notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Wycliffe’s own life was improved because he has more profits from harvest, more farm training and more farm group support, which enabled him to save money and feed the family.

One Acre Fund focuses on working with smallholder farmers across Kenya. The organization pre-purchases seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the cost savings onto the farmers. Wycliffe and his group will use the Kiva loan to cover this initial cost of purchasing the seeds and fertilizer package from One Acre Fund. One Acre Fund continues providing training and support throughout the planting and harvesting season to ensure a good harvest and repayment. 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: Wycliffe, George, Gilbert, Elijah, Agnetta

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