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Winnie
Winnie A. is a 24-year-old mother of three children ages 9, 5, and 2 and a half. The older two are in school and she supports them herself, as her husband does not work. She sells vegetables and lives in the Nymasaria slum. She says during the dry season, her tomatoes will sell for about 20 bob a bunch (around USD 0.50) while during the rainy season, which we are now entering, a bunch will sell for only 5 or 10 bob. She buys the tomatoes at a garden near Lake Victoria and says she will use the 10,000 KSH she is asking for school fees and to purchase more stock.



Winnie recently joined the K-MET volunteer Community Health Worker (CHW) group in Kisumu, Kenya. As a CHW she will be trained by K-MET and will begin visiting members of her community who are sick with a variety of illnesses. Her work will include distributing Nutriflour (a vitamin-enriched flour produced by K-MET) to malnourished patients, providing reproductive health education, referring patients to local clinics and hospitals, and providing basic health care.

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Please 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.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 960
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $41,127,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 79.9
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD