One Acre Fund Blog

2014: A Year in Review

Dec 16, 2014 Category: Core Program Operations Tags: bananas maize solar year in review

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As 2014 draws to a close, we at One Acre Fund have much to be thankful for. In this piece, we reflect on key moments serving farmers across all countries and programs, and outline our hopes for an even more impactful year in 2015.

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New Online Resource Library For Development Professionals

Dec 10, 2014 Category: News Tags: agriculture development library one acre fund insights social enterprise

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One Acre Fund, an award-winning nonprofit that works with smallholder farmers to increase their productivity and incomes, today announced the launch of One Acre Fund Insights, a living library of white papers and case studies for agriculture development practitioners and social enterprise professionals. To view the full post, click here.

Not Your Typical Wall Street Job

Dec 08, 2014 Category: Staff Profile Tags: finance and ops associate rwanda tanzania

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​Attention all adventurous do-gooders with a strong business mind: One Acre Fund is looking to hire operations and finance associates in Rwanda and Tanzania. The thing is, these finance roles are nothing like Wall Street. This position is really about being the link between our farmer clients and the bookkeeping offices that track their financial information.  To view the full post, click here.

Not an Oxymoron: Financial Sustainability for Nonprofit Social Enterprise

Dec 04, 2014 Category: Operations Sustainability Tags: financial sustainability impact social enterprise sustainability

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Historically, the prevailing belief in the development community was that achieving financial sustainability meant sacrificing a high level of impact. While the debate still rages, more and more social sector leaders are agreeing that impact and sustainability aren’t mutually exclusive. One Acre Fund, along with a growing number of nonprofit social enterprises, is coming to realize that pursuing financial sustainability, far from hurting social impact, is actually one of the best ways of achieving impact on a transformative scale. To view the full post, click here.

Turning a Strong Harvest into a New Home

Dec 03, 2014 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: fertilizer inputs rwanda smallholder

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In August, our hardworking teams in Rwanda and Burundi delivered seed and fertilizer to over 100,000 farmers across the two countries. Here we speak with smallholder farmer Jeannette Maniraho, who says having fertilizer delivered close to her home has changed her life. To view the full post, click here.

Savoring Tradition in Kenya

Nov 26, 2014 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: kenya recipe thanksgiving ugali

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A few years ago, ugali was predominantly the meal of communities living in the western region of Kenya, but now its popularity has grown rapidly, making it the staple food in many regions of Kenya. Smallholder farmer Agnes Makhanu shares her ugali recipe and explains why she loves making this traditional Kenyan dish.  To view the full post, click here.

Solar Survey Yields Valuable Insights

Nov 25, 2014 Category: Trials Tags: smallholder solar sustainability trial

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Since the 2011 season, One Acre Fund has offered solar lamps as an optional part of our loan package alongside seed and fertilizer. Over time, we’ve adjusted this program to better meet the needs of our farmers. Our recent survey of farmer groups in Bungoma, Kenya yielded valuable information about which solar lamps to include in our loan package. To view the full post, click here.

In Rwanda, Strong Repayment Sets the Stage for 2015

Nov 24, 2014 Category: Operations Sustainability Tags: farmers first repayment rwanda service bundle

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At One Acre Fund, we offer smallholder farmers top-quality seeds and fertilizer as a part of a bundle of services that is provided on credit. The entire bundle costs about $80, and farmers are responsible for paying it back during the course of the agricultural season. Throughout the year, our field team works closely with farmers to educate them on agricultural techniques, and also to help them plan how to repay the loan. Read how the Rwanda team achieved one of their best years yet for repayment.  To view the full post, click here.

What You Need to Know Before Applying to One Acre Fund

Nov 20, 2014 Category: Staff Profile Tags: farmers first interview process jobs recruitment

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One Acre Fund is lucky to receive hundreds of job applications each week, and our hardworking people operations team carefully reads each and every one. We take pride in having an extremely diligent vetting and interview process, and while it may take several months to complete, we believe the farmers we work with deserve nothing less than the very best service. And that means recruiting the very best talent. To view the full post, click here.

One Acre Fund Featured in New Growing Prosperity Report

Nov 18, 2014 Category: News Policy Tags: acumen bain growing prosperity repeatable models

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One Acre Fund is pleased to be featured in a new and exciting report by Acumen and Bain & Company. The report, entitled “Growing Prosperity: Developing Repeatable Models to Scale the Adoption of Agricultural Innovations,” evaluates key lessons and experiences from pioneer agriculture firms in India, Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda. To view the full post, click here.

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