Updated Mar 04, 2020

One Acre Fund

Financing and Services for Smallholder Farmers


Sarah Lahaye

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Stage 5: Scaling

Founded in 2006, One Acre Fund models a new solution for Africa’s smallholder farmers. Through a complete bundle of services, we enable farmers to significantly increase their crop yields and build permanent pathways to prosperity. We are rapidly scaling the reach of our solution: in 2018 we directly served 809,000 farmers across Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, and Uganda, and are on track to serve one million clients in the coming year. Our vision is to fundamentally alter the trajectory of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond, and ensure that all farmers have big harvests, healthy families, and rich soils.

Focus Areas:

Agriculture, Social & Micro Finance, Climate Change and Resilience and 1 MoreSEE ALL

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Implemented In:

Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi and 3 MoreSEE ALL

Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and BurundiSEE LESS

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Innovation Description

One Acre Fund is a social enterprise that supplies financing and training to help smallholders grow their way out of hunger and build lasting pathways to prosperity. We offer acomplete bundle of services, using a market-based model that helps our organization remain financially sustainable and expand to reach more and more farmers every year.
How does your innovation work?
Here’s how our model works: Asset-Based Loans.Farmers receive high-quality seeds and fertilizer on credit, and we offer a flexible repayment system that allows them to pay back their loans in any amount throughout the loan term. Delivery.We deliver inputs to locations within walking distance of every farmer we serve. Training.Farmers receive training throughout the season on modern agricultural techniques. Market Facilitation.We offer crop storage solutions and teach farmers about market fluctuations, so that they can time crop sales to maximize profits. Every link in this chain is important—if one is missing, then the others won’t have as much impact. One Acre Fund provides all of these services together, enabling farmers to significantly increase their incomes and build paths to prosperity.


Mar 2019
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
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