A loan of $4,650 helped a member to cover the initial costs of purchasing the seeds and fertilizer.


Wycliffe's Group's story

Wycliffe is a member of this group in Lugari District. He is pictured here in a group of six One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 75 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 shillings for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation. Wycliffe is a reliable member of the community. He is married, with six children. Wycliffe is 36 years old, and has been working as a farmer for the last 10 years to support his family. In addition to this, Wycliffe is very active in his community and is involved in the men's group. He described his harvest last year as good. He hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and to continue the success he is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages The 2013 Long Rains season won’t be Wycliffe’s first season with One Acre Fund. He first joined One Acre Fund in 2013, and has continue working with One Acre Fund in order to get new farming methods. As an active member in his community, Wycliffe also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Wycliffe plans on using future profits from the harvest to send children to school, and invest in a business. His life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because he was able to save money, and was able to feed the family. Wycliffe and his 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: Wycliffe, Celystin, Elizabeth, Everlyne, Irine, Abraham
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