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Meet 3 New One Acre Fund Field Officers in Kenya

While welcoming our newest team members, we asked them a few questions about their backgrounds and motivations.

Meet Our Newest Team Members

Each year in July, our team in Kenya hires new field officers to replace recently promoted staffers and support expansion into new areas in Kenya. This year, we hired more than 150 new field officers, whose hard work and commitment will help ensure operations in the 2016 season run smoothly. Today, we’d like to introduce you to three of the newest members of our Kenya team!

Amos Wanyama Nabwana

Amos Wanyama Nabwana

Age: 25

Site: Sitabicha, Kenya

What do you hope to accomplish in your role as field officer?

There are a lot of things that I hope to achieve. I want to develop my career. I also want to improve my lifestyle and that of the farmers I serve. I will be happier if I can eradicate hunger completely in my site.

What have you learned so far?

I have learned how to build good, professional relationships with my teammates, as well as with organization leaders and farmers.

Why did you apply to work for One Acre Fund?

There are many organizations out there that come to the villages but do not last. After two years they fail. I was attracted to One Acre Fund because of its policies and vision. I knew that they were focused and would have an impact for a long time to come.

What are you most looking forward to with your new job?

I want to advance in my career, improve my lifestyle, educate my children and ensure that my wife finishes college!

Juliana Simiyu

Juliana Simiyu

Age: 31

Site: Kamukuywa, Kenya

Were you a One Acre Fund farmer before?

Yes, I was a One Acre Fund farmer. I joined in 2012, and I’m still a farmer to-date. I just fell in love with One Acre Fund—that’s why I joined!

Why did you want to be a field officer?

When I was a group leader I used to love to serve people. I wanted a bigger platform where I would reach even more people. When the opportunity to become a field officer arose, I knew this was my chance. So, I applied, and I got the job.

What have you learned so far?

I have learned how to deal with different people with different personalities. The most important part is that I have learned how to lead and earn respect in a position of authority.

Why did you want to work for One Acre Fund?

I love farming; I wanted to be associated with farmers and the people who work with them on daily basis. As a farmer, I have benefited a lot from One Acre Fund. I would get seeds and fertilizer at the correct time, and I would plant early enough. The flexible loan repayment system was also convenient for me. I fell in love with One Acre Fund then, and I knew I had to work with them.

What are you most looking forward to with your new job?

I want to develop myself. I know as a field officer I will do so. Financially and professionally, I want to rise to the next level.

Abraham Sinino Makokha

Abraham Sinino Makokha

Age: 29 years

Site: Malaha

What do you hope to accomplish as a One Acre Fund field officer?

I want to make sure that I enroll many farmers. I particularly want to focus on poor farmers. I also want to reach areas that One Acre Fund has not yet reached to ensure that all poor farmers have the chance to enroll.

What is your strategy for enrolling farmers?

I plant to use customer service, sales, and marketing strategies. It’s about how I talk to the clients, and how I market our products.

Why did you want to work for One Acre Fund?

I wanted to work with One Acre Fund because of its name - it’s known all over! I also wanted to contribute to the change One Acre Fund is creating by enrolling as many clients as I can. Enrolling more clients means creating more opportunities for people who don’t have many opportunities in life.

What are you most looking forward to with your new job?

I know I will gain more professional skills and may even rise to become a field manager. I never trained to be a teacher, but right now I’m being called “teacher,” which is very rewarding!