Ezinah trained as a nurse in the year 1969. After training, she worked in government hospitals for 35 years. In 2005, she opened her own clinic (Mt Everest Medical Clinic) in Manyatta, one of the most densely populated slums of Kisumu. In her clinic she offers general curative services, family planning, counseling, and maternal and child health care services, and also has integrated a pharmacy and laboratory within the clinic. She, in collaboration with K-MET, sells safe motherhood vouchers to expecting poor mothers, which enables them to access reproduction health services in certain medical facilities.
Ezinah attributes her success to hard work, perseverance, and assistance from K-MET’s microfinance loan. She has been able to renovate her facility, purchase a stock of drugs, and improve the quality of care she provides. Ezinah plans buy drugs and equipment for her pharmacy with the US $1200 loan.
Important InformationPlease note that this Field Partner started working with Kiva before certain core risk and due diligence policies were put into place and therefore does not meet our current minimum risk criteria (K-Met has less than 1,000 borrowers and has not submitted recent audited financial statements to Kiva). K-Met is a unique microfinance organization that targets private health care providers and community health workers as a means to fulfill its mission of promoting development in underserved communities through innovative health and education programs. Private providers are given loans to upgrade their facilities and community health workers, who volunteer through K-Met, are given access to loan funds to grow their businesses and as a means of incentivizing them to remain involved in community health work with K-Met. Kiva was K-Met’s first external lender and the organization is rated a Kiva Star Rating of 1, which is the riskiest level. As a result of K-Met’s strong social mission and unique approach to microfinance and health, Kiva believes that loans to borrowers with K-Met may still be of interest to Kiva lenders, despite the increased risk, and has allowed the organization to continue fundraising on Kiva.
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