A loan of $3,350 helped a member to purchase hybrid seeds and fertilizer for the cultivation of maize, millet and sorghum.

Rosemary's Group's story

Rosemary is a member of this group in Lugari District. She is pictured here in a group of five One Acre Fund group leader farmers. The group leaders represent a total of 86 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Rosemary 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 by this group are each receiving one-quarter acre of maize and one-quarter acre of sorghum or millet. Each farmer is receiving an average input loan of 5,349 KES for maize, millet and sorghum cultivation.

Rosemary is 48 years old and has been a farmer for 10 years. She works as a farmer to provide for her five children. The community and other farmers know Rosemary as friendly, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy and an experienced farmer. Other than farming, she is also involved in her community in other ways, such as the women's group and savings group.

Rosemary 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. Rosemary joined One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices, to learn new farming methods and earn enough to feed the family. She also volunteered to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member and wants to help more farmers. Rosemary plans to use the money that she earns from her next harvest to send her children to school, repair the home, and save for the future. She notes that working with One Acre Fund has led to many benefits for One Acre Fund farmers.

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. Rosemary 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: Rosemary, Edward, Vincent, David, Mary

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