BLOG Archive: December 2015


A Smallholder Farmer’s Perspective on 10 Years with One Acre Fund

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Dec 17, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: 10 year anniversary kenya smallholder

Robai Wanyonyi, One Acre Fund

In 2006, Robai Wanyonyi was one of 38 farmers to enroll with One Acre Fund in our very first season of operation. She recalls attending a meeting where a young man named Andrew Youn told her she could buy maize seed from him without paying in cash. She says she signed on immediately, and has not regretted it since.

Robai and her husband have five children of their own, and also care for her brother’s son. When Robai joined One Acre Fund, she and her husband relied solely on their land to provide for their family. Enrolling with One Acre Fund gave them the opportunity to vastly improve their farm’s productivity, invest in productive assets, and change the trajectory of their lives forever.

Why did you decide to join One Acre Fund?
I decided to join One Acre Fund because Andrew Youn and the people he was working with were doing trainings on new planting techniques. He was really nice, always greeting us and talking to us. He was very social and very involved with what we were doing. In fact, I remember that when we offered him a seat he did not sit on it, instead he opted to sit down on the ground with us. He became my friend, and he would ask me how I was doing, how my family was doing, and I could tell he cared.

What really interested me was the fact that they were providing us with maize and fertilizer, something that no other organization had ever done. Also, with One Acre Fund, we were able to get seeds and pay for them later. With a shop, you need money to buy something, but with One Acre Fund, you do not need to pay the full amount right away.

You’ve been farming with One Acre Fund for 10 years now. What kept you coming back all these years?
Before joining One Acre Fund, I was not able to feed or support my family. Now I am able to grow enough food, and I don’t have to worry about those struggles.

We had other NGOs here before One Acre Fund. They trained us on how to plant sukuma in sacks, but then they left without giving us seed or anything to start with. With One Acre Fund, we were trained on different planting methods, and at the same time they gave us seeds to start with. They really invested in us, and they stayed around.

Robai Wanyonyi prepares her land using a jembe

What has been the biggest change you’ve seen with One Acre Fund over the 10 years you’ve farmed with us?
I have seen so many changes since I joined One Acre Fund. Every year, there are new crops, new techniques, and new methods. Personally, I have really improved ever since I joined One Acre Fund. When I joined, I had a quarter-acre piece of land, but now I have a half-acre. My children do not go hungry, and they now have clothes to wear. I have also bought two cows—a dairy cow and a bull. I have been able to educate my brother’s son, who is now in college.

One Acre Fund has grown from just few members to more than 300,000 farmers. How do you feel about this growth? 
I’m very happy because I have grown with One Acre Fund since 2006. We have persevered together through the challenges. Our experience has been like growing a tree. It’s hard for it to grow at first, but when it’s fully grown you get to enjoy the fruits. I now enjoy the fruits of One Acre Fund! Someday, I see my children finishing school and joining One Acre Fund to work there and even going to other countries to help farmers there.

What do you hope One Acre Fund will be doing 10 years from now?
I know One Acre Fund is already a big organization, and that’s why I know it will be even bigger and better. They also have offered several improved versions of solar lamps—perhaps in ten years, they will be able to bring us electricity!

Be sure to check out Robai's picture featured on our homepage, and read her full story in our annual report!

Robai Wanyonyi with her two sons


Celebrating the Smallholder Farmer in 2015

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Dec 17, 2015 Category: Core Program Field Videos Operations Tags: long-term impact smallholder year in review

It’s December, and the end of the year is fast approaching. But for One Acre Fund, December 2015 marks the beginning of our tenth year of humble service to smallholder farmers.  Watch this incredible video to hear the farmers we work with share their personal stories of hunger and food insecurity, and how One Acre Fund's program has forever changed their families and communities.

 

 

As 2015 draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect on some key milestones and accomplishments from this exciting year.

In February, operations in Kenya reached over 137,000 smallholder farmers, and 9,000 metric tons of life-changing products were delivered to our Kenyan clients.

This April, Skoll Innovations Investment Alliance provided us with a $2 million grant.  With this generous contribution, One Acre Fund continued to pursue an extension partnership with the Rwandan government.

In June, Burundi field operations collected 100 percent repayment for the fourth season in a row.  The New York Times also featured One Acre Fund’s operating model in an article by David Bornstein, sharing our mission of serving the poorest and most remote smallholder farmers.

July saw the doubling of operation enrollment in Tanzania, expanding its client base to serve 18,000 farmers.

October was a busy month in Rwanda with USAID matching Skoll Investment Alliance’s $2 million grant, further enabling extension partnership efforts with the Rwandan government.   Additionally, Eric Pohlman, Rwanda Country Director, was awarded the Norman Borlaug Field Award.

By November, 152,000 farmers across East Africa had made long-term financial investments by planting tree seedlings.

As we embark on our tenth year, we are pushing ourselves to think long-term. We don’t want to generate impact for just one generation; our goal is to generate impact for farmers that will pay dividends for their children and their children’s children.  We look forward to sharing our progress in many more blogs to come, so be sure to check back in 2016 to learn about the new ways we’re putting Farmers First.


Q&A With Sarah Hylden, East Africa Logistics Director

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Dec 14, 2015 Category: Core Program Staff Profile Tags: input delivery logistics staff tanzania

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As 2015 comes to a close, we have been reflecting on what has been our biggest year to-date. As an organization, 2015 has meant delivering more life-changing products to more smallholder farmers than ever before. To get some thoughts on what that feels like for our staff, we asked to sit down with One Acre Fund’s East Africa logistics director, Sarah Hylden, to reflect on this past year and what’s in store for 2016 and beyond.

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Sarah Hylden, East Africa logistics director at One Acre Fund.

Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from and how did you end up living in East Africa?
The story of how I landed in East Africa is a little “non-linear.” I think the true start of it occurred while I was busy studying democratization in the former Soviet Union. It continued through the Mississippi Delta, where I spent time teaching middle-school students about “Bongo Flava” (Tanzanian rap), and now here I am answering this question in Tanzania!

It was about eight years ago that my now-husband David (and One Acre Fund Tanzania country director) convinced me that I ought to try auditing a Swahili class. It took a few years to turn into a job at One Acre Fund, but I think that was the root of my story.

How long have you been in your current role at One Acre Fund and what's your favorite part of the job?
I’ve been working as the East Africa Logistics Director for almost exactly one year, though I’ve been involved with input distributions since I started at One Acre Fund.

There’s a lot to love about this position. First and foremost, distribution is at the core of our operating model. There’s nothing quite like watching the hundreds of moving pieces of an input distribution come together on delivery day – after months of preparation, you’re often greeted with song and dance and celebration; volunteers jump to unload a ten-ton truck by hand; and groups organize to pick up the goods that will eventually feed their families, send their children to school, generate a little extra income to improve their homes – it’s just intensely motivating to be in a position where you can literally see your hard work come to fruition.

What does your team do that makes you feel proudest?
We deliver high-quality inputs on time to our farmers every year and we keep our transport and delivery costs at a level that’s downright mind-blowing. Just when farm families are experiencing the greatest financial risks, we provide consistent and professional service.  On the logistics team, we often talk about this work in terms of kilograms, and so we really get to feel the weight of the impact that all of the teams at One Acre Fund help to deliver. It’s incredibly gratifying.

You oversee the logistics for all of our countries of operations, which is a lot of work! What's the hardest part of the job?
It’s really important to keep a balanced perspective when working across countries. We strive to build consistent and standard practices where possible, but our operations in Rwanda are different than they are in Kenya than they are in Burundi or Tanzania. It’s really critical to bear those contextual and programmatic differences in mind when we design our policies and procedures, and that can present an interesting set of challenges.

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Sarah sits working atop bags of inputs stored in a One Acre Fund Warehouse.

2015 was our biggest year of operations to-date. What can you tell me about the numbers? 
Our calendar is a little bit funky because we name our deliveries based on when the harvest will happen. So, we start delivering inputs for 2015 in August of 2014. But if we just think about the calendar year, in 2015, we delivered somewhere on the order of 33 million pounds of goods. For perspective, that’s about 2,750 male African elephants or about 80 blue whales worth of farm inputs. It’s a bit of an inside joke on the logistics team, but we do sometimes talk in terms of how many whales we’ve moved during a particular delivery!

When you reflect back on this year, what do you think was our biggest logistics challenge? 
Our biggest challenge is definitely around staffing. We support an enormous core program team and also all of our innovations teams. While we try to stay lean and efficient, we definitely have a big need for more leaders on our team. If you’re reading this and are interested, I definitely encourage you to check out our open logistics roles!

Was there ever a point during the year when you were doing something you never would have imagined yourself doing 5 years ago?
This might sound a little morbid, so prepare yourself accordingly.  Earlier this year, I spent a bit of time working with our product innovations team discussing the logistics around delivering live, improved breeds of chicks. Chickens are a great investment opportunity for farmers since their eggs and meat can be sold (or consumed for more nutritional variety).  But, as you can imagine, delivering thousands of chicks has its hazards, so we had to plan for the possibility that some of the chicks might die in transit from the hatchery to our program sites.  I went back and forth with the innovations associate about how each box of chicks (four hens and one rooster) could be quality checked at the site and, in the event of a death, how the appropriate gender of chick could be hot-swapped in from the buffer stock of chicks in the truck. We had to figure out if the chicks could be easily identified by gender, how to put in additional preventative measures to protect the chicks, and what to do with any extra chicks – they certainly couldn’t go onto a shelf in the warehouse! That was definitely a weird moment when I thought “my college education did not prepare me for this!”

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Sarah coordinates with her team as they prepare to count inventory.

Working in logistics, what are the “unwritten rules” that help everything run smoothly?
Definitely. From where I sit, the three things that matter the most to running a smooth operation are People, Planning, and Perspective.

Investing in your people early on—from trainings to team morale, makes an enormous difference in the midst of a delivery. There are also just thousands of little details to get right during a delivery operation like ours, so we also have to make sure that we’ve planned out everything, including contingencies for when things inevitably go awry.

And that brings me to the last piece: keeping perspective. Distribution is a feat of coordination among really uncertain circumstances: trucks break down, rains interrupt our deliveries, key leaders can have personal emergencies, so it’s really critical to keep the big picture in mind: end-of-the-day, we want farmers to get their inputs. If that’s happening, then there’s no cause to lose your head, which can be easy to do when so much is going on at once. 

You travel a lot for your role. What's the thing you miss the most when you're away from Iringa? What's the thing you most look forward to doing when you get home?
Pickles! I suppose the obvious answer would be my husband, but if we’re being honest, it’s Pickles, my little dog.  Pickles is a shelter dog from Nairobi who we adopted about four and a half years ago. He’s known for being a bit of a weirdo with a sweet but nervous temperament.

Looking to 2016, our numbers just keep growing, which is great! But I imagine it also seems daunting. As we scale, how does our logistics team plan to keep up?
That’s the million dollar question! To me, one of the most exciting parts of our department is building systems that can support growth.  While we’ll always have to keep building our warehousing and transport networks to meet the scale demands of our field teams, a lot of our work is about remaining lean and effective as we grow and expand.  For now, we’re focused on process development, policy management, and recruiting.  Our number one resource is our people and developing a strong team is critical.

What kind of staff are you looking for? Who should join your team?
We definitely need more hands on deck! We’re looking for people who have a passion for solving complex problems both theoretically and practically. While the logistics team is stocked with, as we affectionately call ourselves “data nerds,” we also have to operate in a real and changing environment. That means any solutions we come up with have to be intensely practical. We’re looking for people with some experience in supply chains but who are flexible thinkers and creative problem solvers. If that sounds like you, please check out our jobs page!

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Taking On Her Future With Energy and Purpose

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Dec 08, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: kenya smallholder women

The One Acre Fund regional procurement lead will oversee efforts to source life-changing inputs and products for farmers like Hellen. Apply now and join our family of leaders.

Jutting southwest from Kenya’s Kisii town is Tabaka, a mountainous village known for producing soapstone carvings and sculptures. As the sun rises over Tabaka, the men of the village leave their homes to start a busy day of work in the quarries, while the women stay home to take care of the families.

Hellen Nyaboni

For many years, Hellen Nyabonyi’s family was part of this routine, but then things changed. After the passing of her husband, there was no one in Hellen’s family to work in the quarry to support their family. She turned to farming as a means to feed her eight children.

Hellen would labor on her farm from morning to evening every day, hoping to grow enough food for her family. Despite five months of hard work, Hellen’s harvest from her half-acre plot would only last the family for a month at best.

For the rest of the year, Hellen polished soapstone carvings at a local soapstone shop. She earned $1 USD for a day’s work, and always spent it immediately on food. With her family living hand-to-mouth, Hellen felt hopeless.

Hellen harvests sukuma from her small plot.

“I was desperate and tired of the life I lived,” Hellen says. “Every day I watched my children grow thinner, and I knew they were hungry. No matter how hard I tried, I could not provide enough food.”

In 2014, Hellen decided to take out a loan with One Acre Fund. The loan provided her with access to better quality seed, fertilizer, and agricultural trainings. Before One Acre Fund, Hellen was rarely able to afford seed and fertilizer. When she could, the fertilizer available at the local shop was low quality, and the seed was often expired after sitting too long on the shelves.

Last year, Hellen harvested 10 bags of maize from that same half-acre of land. She stored six bags, which fed her family until her next harvest, and then she sold the remaining four bags. With the money she earned, Hellen started a business of selling second-hand clothes for a few hours in the evening at her local market. On a good day she is able to make five times as much as she used to earn polishing soapstone.

“I love One Acre Fund,” Hellen says. “Every time I come back from a training session, I feel like a better farmer. Right now I’ve learned how to wait for the right time to plant, how to properly measure fertilizer, and even the best way to store my harvest.”

This year, Hellen harvested a total of 12 bags, and bought three goats with her surplus. She plans to sell more of her harvest next year in time to pay her children’s school fees.

Hellen with one of her older sons, Joel.

As she goes about her household chores, it is clear that Hellen possesses a newfound confidence. She feeds her goats, plucks some vegetables from her garden for lunch, and uses a basket to winnow her maize in preparation for grinding it into flour. She says she is no longer tired of her daily routine— she is a mother and a provider, ready to take on the future with energy and purpose.

Hellen tends to her goats.

Hellen holds a basket full of her vibrant maize.

"Even as a single parent, I will end hunger and poverty in my family. I will send my children to school, provide enough food, and dress them well. They will be proud of their mother,” Hellen says, a bright smile lighting up her face.

The One Acre Fund regional producement lead will oversee efforts to source life-changing inputs and products for farmers like Hellen. Apply now and join our family of leaders.


Catching Up With Anne, David, and Zipporah

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Dec 07, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: education kenya one campaign smallholder

Help us deliver quality inputs and life-changing products to farmers like Anne, David and Zipporah! Apply today to become a One Acre Fund logistics associate in Kenya or Burundi!

For the last several seasons, One Acre Fund has partnered with the ONE Campaign to give the smallholder families we work with in Kenya the chance to share their stories of triumph over food insecurity. In 2013, we met Anne Wafula, and celebrated with her as she harvested enough to pay for her eldest child to study engineering at a local technical college.  In 2014, we followed David Simiyu and Zipporah Nafula through a season of ups and downs, which ultimately ended in a strong harvest and new beginnings for the family of four.

Every month, from planting through to harvest, we visited these farmers and their families, and reported on what daily life was like for people who depend on smallholder agriculture for their livelihoods.  Now, several seasons later, we re-visited Anne, David, and Zipporah, to get an update on how things are going with their families and their farms.

Anne Wafula, Kisiwa, Kenya

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How was your harvest this year?
I have had a good harvest! I planted beans, vegetables and sweet potatoes for the short season. For the long season, I planted maize and beans. It started off very poorly because of the rains but later on it recovered and I got 10 bags of maize. I took 2 bags of maize to my church and kept 8 bags for my family.

The beans that I planted harvested very well! I got more than fifteen two-kilogram tins. I planted some and my family has eaten some, but I still have four tins left.

How is your family? And your son Briston, the engineering student?
My son is doing well. He finished his certificate course last year, although unfortunately he had to stop his diploma course temporarily because I have not been able to pay the school fees. He told me that he will start working to earn money to continue with his studies. He now does road construction.

The rest of my children are doing very well. My second-eldest daughter is at Kisiwa technical college. She joined this year, and is undergoing her first exams.  Another one is at Nalondo Secondary in form one, also doing exams now. Another one is in class five and the last one is in nursery.

Have you enrolled in One Acre Fund for 2016?
I have enrolled for maize and a solar lamp. I will take the Sun King Pro 2. This is the fourth lamp I will be taking. I have taken maize for half an acre.

I also still have sweet potato vines, kept from what I planted last year. I hope to re-plant them when the rains reduce a bit. The vines do very well over here.

Do you have any big plans for next year?
We want to build a bigger, permanent house because we now have a big family, the children are growing, and we want a house that can last for a long time. The kitchen is old, so we want to build another one soon as well.


David Simiyu and Zipporah Nafula, Milani, Kenya

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How is your family doing?
David: My son just finished his primary school exams and I’m happy because now he can help me here with the house chores. When he wakes up in the morning now, his job is to take care of the cattle. Before, I would ask him every day how the exams were going, and he would just say “it’s going well.”  I’m very confident that he will pass though!

If your son passes his exams, will you be able to send him to secondary school?
David: We will try our level best to make sure that we send him to the best school possible. He has chosen Teremi High School, which is a national school. It was upgraded to a national school because it has been performing very well. Even if we cannot send him there, we will try our hardest to get him into another school with similar standards.

How do you feel about being able to educate your child to this level?
David: We are very happy that he has reached this far. God has been really good to us because when we took him to class one we never knew if we would get him here, to class 8. We are really thankful because when you invest in someone and then you see them succeed, you are very happy. We know that in future he will help us.

Are there any new additions around the farm?
Zipporah: Yes! We have a new calf. We sold our first calf because we needed money at that time, but our cow gave birth in August. Now we are getting milk in the same quantity we got when it gave birth to the first calf.

David: I am currently building a cowshed so that the cows are not rained on. I have started with the fencing first, but I will roof it later. I want to protect the new calf from infections by making sure it has a clean environment. That way, when I milk the cow I’m confident that the milk is good, and when I sell the milk to people, I know that I’m selling hygienic milk.

How is your harvest this year?
Zipporah: For the long season, we planted maize on a half-acre piece of land, but it did not do very well because there was less rain due to the drought. We just got five bags of maize, so unfortunately we did not have the best harvest this year. For the short season, we a planted groundnuts, beans, and sweet potatoes. We have already harvested the beans, and the rest are doing well.

What have you enrolled for next season?
David: We have enrolled for half an acre of maize. We decided not to take any more than this because our son will be starting secondary school next year so we did not want to have a big loan. We wanted to weigh our financial situation first. Also our other son Brian will be joining class eight soon and we are sure he will also pass his exams and enter secondary school.

What are your future plans?
David: Next year most of our plans will be about our children’s education and making sure we pay their school fees. We will plant sukuma (collard greens) to sell, and also save money from the sale of maize. We will just be doing our best to save more money to pay school fees.

One day soon, I do hope to cross breed the cow using artificial insemination and get a Friesian cow. Friesian cows are accustomed to staying in sheds, so I’m preparing for that now.

Help us deliver quality inputs and life-changing products to farmers like Anne, David and Zipporah! Apply today to become a One Acre Fund logistics associate in Kenya or Burundi!


One Acre Fund Endorsed by The Life You Can Save

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Dec 01, 2015 Category: News Tags: agriculture development donors smallholder

Dec.  1st, 2015 — Peter Singer, Princeton University ethicist and founder of The Life You Can Save, released a statement of support for One Acre Fund. 

The Life You Can Save was founded as an advocacy and educational outreach organization to raise awareness for the more than one billion men, women, and children who live in extreme poverty. Each year, the organization publishes a list of the world’s best charities that aid the global poor. Each of their sixteen recommended charities has a demonstrated record of effectively combating the causes and the symptoms of global poverty. 

Read the full statement below.

 

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One Acre Fund’s farm program offers donors one of the best giving opportunities to help reduce hunger and malnutrition in East Africa. A majority of those living in poverty rely on subsistence agriculture to support themselves and their families, and more than 60 percent of people living in the Horn of Africa participate in farming. But too often, family farmers don’t have the resources or tools to make their land profitable, or they might have support in one area but not in others.

What makes One Acre Fund unique among agricultural charities is its multi-faceted operations model. One Acre Fund helps small farmers maximize their farm productivity every step of the way, acre by acre. Participating farmers receive start up loans, which they can use toward the purchase of vital supplies such as seeds and fertilizer. Farmers also have opportunities to participate in up-to-date agricultural training, and One Acre Fund helps growers build relationships with local food traders. That means that farmers receive robust support from planting to harvest to market day.

One Acre Fund’s farm program brings us closer to realizing a world free of hunger, and farmers play a key role in helping us reduce food shortages and malnutrition. When farmers are empowered, they have the potential to bring surplus food to their communities and neighbors. One Acre Fund’s farm program model is designed to be scaled up, and the organization has the capacity to add one new region per year. By 2020, One Acre Fund farmers are expected to grow enough surplus food to feed an additional 5 million of their neighbors.

Supporting One Acre Fund is one of the best things a donor can do to help reduce global hunger and empower family farmers to nourish and sustain their families and communities.

- Peter Singer, Princeton ethicist and author, The Life You Can Save


Harnessing the Power of Planting Techniques

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Dec 01, 2015 Category: Farmer Profile Tags: beans harvest planting methods rwanda

Our government relations team supports field operations to provide vital services to farmers. Apply now to become a Rwanda government relations analyst at One Acre Fund.

Smallholder farmer Jean Pierre Nzabahimana was born and raised in Gitega. He's chosen to raise his own children—daughters Asifiwe, 9, Sifa, 2, and son Noel, 7— here as well. Though Sifa is still too young, both Asifiwe and Noel are enrolled in the nearby primary school.

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Jean Pierre Nzabahimana of Gitega, Rwanda

Jean Pierre and his wife Donathile own less than an acre of land, where they grow beans, maize, eggplant, and tomatoes. These days, he is careful to plant in neat rows that are well spaced. His field is an organized grid, and he consistently harvests well. However, prior to enrolling with One Acre Fund in 2010, Jean Pierre's fields looked quite different.

Like many farmers in Rwanda, Jean Pierre began planting when the rains came in, first in November and then again February. In the past, his method for planting was to scatter seed and fertilizer across his land, ad hoc. The result was anything but organized. The crops would grow tall, but they grew much too close to each other, and wouldn't yield much produce.

"I could not regain the money I invested. The harvest would not cover the expenses of the fertilizer and seed I had bought or the cost of the workers I had hired," Jean Pierre says.

Frustrated by season after season of poor harvests, Jean Pierre enrolled with One Acre Fund. As part of his loan package, Jean Pierre participated in One Acre Fund trainings, where he learned how to improve his planting techniques, including how to micro-dose fertilizer and how to properly space individual plants with a measuring string.

That year, for the first time, Jean Pierre planted his beans, maize, eggplants, and tomatoes in an organized grid. Initially, he was skeptical about his harvest because he used less fertilizer and seed than he ever had before. But when the crops matured, Jean Pierre was surprised; he had harvested more than triple the amount he harvested the previous season.

"I was very happy with that harvest, and they have continued to be good since," Jean Pierre says. "It was the beginning of a richness that I have been searching for [for a] long time."

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Some of Jean Pierre's tomatoes from his 2015 harvest

Jean Pierre's bountiful harvest in 2010 was only the beginning. Since then, he has harvested more than enough to feed his family. The money he's earned selling his annual harvest surplus has gone straight into his bank account. By 2013, he had saved a total of $790 USD—a large amount for a farmer accustomed to living on less than $2 per day.

2013 was also the year the Rwandan government told Jean Pierre that his house, located on a small hill, was susceptible to land slides during heavy rains. Because of the risks, he decided to leave his home and move to a safer location. When it came time to build his new home, he used the savings he'd generated from his One Acre Fund harvests to buy bricks and roof tiles.

Jean Pierre moved into his new house in December 2013, and in 2014 was able to use the money he earned from yet another successful harvest to put the finishing touches on it.

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Jean Pierre outside of his new home, showing off his bean harvest from this year

"Before I moved into my new house, I used to worry about heavy rains damaging my house, but now I sleep well. I never have those bad dreams anymore," Jean Pierre says.

With the 2014 harvest, Jean Pierre also bought a young bull, which he hopes to sell in the future for a high price. In the meantime, it is providing valuable manure that he can use as organic fertilizer in his fields.

Though he's accomplished a lot in the last few years, Jean Pierre still hopes to achieve more. Armed with improved planting methods that result in strong harvests, he plans to buy more land in the next two years. With this land, he is confident he will be able to generate enough extra income to send Sifa to school when the time comes, and to ensure that Asifiwe and Noel are able to complete their studies, and even attend university if they desire.

Our government relations team supports field operations to provide vital services to farmers. Apply now to become a Rwanda government relations analyst at One Acre Fund.


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