A loan of $5,950 helped a member to buy hybrid seed and fertilizer for maize, millet, and sorghum.

Safania's Group's story

Tumaini is a group of eight farmers who live in the Kakamega North District and have selected Safania as their Kiva representative. We see him on the right with his hand raised. We will deliver farming supplies to him and the 96 other individual farmers represented in this group. They will receive credit needed 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 Kenyan shillings.

Safania is 74 years old and has been a farmer for 50 of those years. He works hard to provide for his 10 children. His neighbors know him as friendly, hardworking, and trustworthy. Apart from farming, he is also involved in his community in a men's group, a savings group, and a prayer group. He described his harvest last year as good, but hopes he can have an even better one with the support of the One Acre Fund and the other farmers in the group. He joined the fund in 2010 to get the best seed prices, learn new farming methods, and acquire fertilizer, hybrid seeds, and earn enough to feed his family. Because he is an active community member, he wants to help more farmers and spread the story of One Acre Fund farmers.

Safania has gotten more involved with the One Acre Fund as a group leader and Kiva representative. His work has improved his life because he has more profits from his harvest, more training, and more support. He also was able to save money and feed his family. In the future, he hopes that his profits from 2014 can be used to send his children to school, buy a cow, and invest in a business.

The One Acre Fund focuses on working with small farmers across Kenya. The organization pre-purchases seeds and fertilizer when prices are low and passes the cost savings onto the farmers. Safania and the Tumaini Group will use the Kiva loan to cover this initial cost of buying the seeds and fertilizer package from our fund, which continues providing training and support throughout the planting and harvesting season to ensure a good harvest and repayment. With support from the fund and your loan, these farmers will have a chance at a successful harvest, increased profits, and improved lives. Please note that there are four additional group leaders in this photo who will be working with the One Acre Fund but will not be a part of this Kiva loan. The field officer is also included in the photo and is standing on the left.

In this group: Safania, Rosemary, Consolata, Wandiri, Conrad, Rose, Mary, Burudi

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