A loan of $4,450 helped a member access cost-efficient hybrid seeds for maize, millet, and sorghum.


Mable's Group's story

Mable is a member of this group in Lugari District. She is pictured here in a group of seven One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of seventy-two individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Mable 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 a quarter acre of maize and a quarter acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of 5,349 shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Mable is married and has seven children. She is fifty-seven years old and is known as friendly and trustworthy. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group and savings group. Mable has been a farmer for thirty-four years. Mable described 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.

Mable first enrolled with One Acre Fund in 2013 and is now preparing to be a One Acre Fund farmer during the 2014 Long Rains season. Mable joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices and earn enough to feed her family and send her children to school. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member. Mable plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school and repair the home. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has lead to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers. Mable’s own life was improved because she has more profits from harvest, has more farm training and was able to 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. Mable 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: Mable, Florence, Wilson, Henry, Sabeti, Philip , Flora



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