A loan of $2,050 helped a member to purchase hybrid seed and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet, and sorghum.

Emmanuel's Group's story

Emmanuel is a member of this group in Lugari District. He is pictured here in a group of 3 One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 33 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Emmanuel 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.

Emmanuel is 38 years old and has been a farmer for 20 years. Emmanuel works as a farmer to provide for his three children. The community and other farmers know Emmanuel as friendly, hardworking, reliable and trustworthy. Other than farming, he is also involved in his community such as the prayer group. Emmanuel described his harvest last year as good, but hopes he 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 Emmanuel’s first season with One Acre Fund. He first joined One Acre Fund in 2013 and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, and get fertilizer and hybrid seeds. As an active member in his community, Emmanuel also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because he wants to help more farmers, and wants to spread the story about One Acre Fund farmers. Emmanuel plans on using future profits from the harvest to send children to school, save for the future, and buy a cow. His life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because he was able 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. Emmanuel 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.

The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left of the photo.

In this group: Emmanuel, Francisca, Josphine

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