A loan of $3,300 helped a member to buy cost efficient maize, millet, and sorghum seeds..


Mary's Group's story

This group consists of five group leader farmers in Lugari District, with Mary selected as the Kiva representative. Mary has volunteered to be the Kiva group representative and is standing on the right of the photo in a dark brown flowered dress. Farming inputs will be delivered to her and the 53 other individual farmers represented in this group. The credit consists of the necessary materials to plant ¼ acre of maize and ¼ acre of millet or sorghum. The individual farmers are not pictured here but will be receiving an average loan of 5,349 shillings.

Mary is a reliable member of the community. She is married with four children. Mary is 57 years old and has been working as a farmer for the last 35 years to support her family. In addition to this, Mary is very active in her community and is involved in the women's group, savings group, prayer group, and burial committee. She described her harvest last year as poor. She hopes to continue working with One Acre Fund and to continue the success she is having with the One Acre Fund farm packages.

Mary joined One Acre Fund in 2013, and is now enrolling in the Long Rains 2014 season as a group leader. Mary joined One Acre Fund so that she could get the best seed prices, and get new farming methods to earn more and send children to school. Because she likes being a leader, and is an active community member who wants to help more farmers, Mary has gotten more involved with One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. Working with One Acre Fund has improved Mary's life because she has more profits from her harvest and was able to feed the family. In the future, Mary hopes that her profits from 2014 can be used to send her children to school, repair the home, save for the future, and buy a cow.

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. Mary 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 of the photo.

In this group: Mary, Judith, Irene, Beatrice, Scholastica
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