A loan of $3,725 helped a member to buy cost efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds.

Jane's Group's story

Jane is a member of this group in Lugari District. She is pictured here in a group of 5 One Acre Fund group leader farmers, who together represent a total of 92 individual One Acre Fund farmers who are not pictured here. Jane 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 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.

Jane is married and has six children. She is 66 years old and is known as trustworthy and as an experienced farmer. She is active in her community in groups such as the women's group and prayer group. Jane has been a farmer for 54 years, and she 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.

The 2014 Long Rains season won’t be Jane’s first season with One Acre Fund. She first joined One Acre Fund in 2013 and has continued working with One Acre Fund in order to get the best seed prices and learn new farming methods. As an active member in her community, Jane also chose to be a group leader and Kiva representative because she is an active community member and wants to spread the story about the One Acre Fund. Jane plans on using future profits from the harvest to save for the future. Her life has improved by working with One Acre Fund because she was able to save money and feed her 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. Jane 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.

In this group: Jane, Daniel, Emmah, Rose, Benard

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