A loan of $3,775 helped a member to provide Kenyan farmers with increased access to hybrid seed and fertilizer for harvesting maize, millet, and sorghum.


Reba's Group's story

Reba is a member of this group in the Lugari District. She is pictured here in a group of 6 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 61 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Reba 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. Reba is 51 years old and has been a farmer for 32. Reba works as a farmer to provide for her 5 children. The community and other farmers know Reba as friendly and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, she is also involved in her community such as the women's group and prayer group. Reba described her harvest last year as excellent, but hopes she can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group. The 2014 Long Rains season won’t be Reba’s first season with One Acre Fund. She first joined One Acre Fund in 2013 and has continue working with One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, and get new farming methods. As an active member in her community, Reba also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she likes being a leader and wants to help more farmers. Reba plans on using future profits from the harvest to send children to school and save for the future. Her life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because she has more profits from harvest, has more farm training and was able to save money. 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. Reba and her 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. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

In this group: Reba, Pascal, Julius, Hellen, Beatrice, Caroline
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