One Acre Fund, Kigali, Rwanda

One Acre Fund is a growing social enterprise in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania, that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. Instead of giving handouts, it invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. 


One Acre Fund provides farmers with a "service bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market facilitation.

Their programme has had positive impact; having weighed thousands of harvests and they have found 50-100% average gain in farm income per acre.

They are also funded by the Whole Planet Foundation (WFP). The WPF chose to support them because in East Africa especially with a very saturated microfinance sector, and with clients seeking out (and often defaulting on) multiple loans, One Acre Fund’s model of giving out loans in kind has been very successful.

To find out more about their work, see their website.