A loan of $4,950 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet and sorghum..


Alice's Group's story

This group consists of six group leader farmers in Lugari District, with Alice selected as the Kiva representative. Alice has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is on the right of the photo with her hand raised. Farming inputs will be delivered to her and the 86 other individual farmers represented by this group. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant one-quarter acre of maize and one-quarter acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here, but will be receiving an average loan of 5,349 KES each.

Alice is 51 years old and has been a farmer for 18 year. She works as a farmer to provide for her four children. The community and other farmers know Alice as hardworking and trustworthy, and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, she is also involved in her community in other ways, such as the women's group, savings group, prayer group and burial committee. Alice describes her harvest last year as not with One Acre Fund, but hopes she can have an even better one with the support of One Acre Fund and the other farmers in her group.

Alice joined One Acre Fund in 2013, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Alice joined One Acre Fund so that she could learn new farming methods, get the best seed prices, and get fertilizer and hybrid seeds. Because she likes being a leader and wants to help more farmers, Alice has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. In the future, Alice hopes that her profits from 2014 can be used to send her children to school, to save for the future and to buy a goat.

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. Alice 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.

In this group: Alice, Abdallah, Janipher, Susan, Nicholas, Wyclife
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