Eunice sells cereals and other basic items at her kiosk in the town of Rongo, Kenya. She is married and has two children. She also helps care for her sister’s two children. Eunice has a dream to teach her children the value of hard work, and she is doing it by example.
Things haven’t been easy over the past year. Food prices have increased dramatically in Kenya. Eunice says that sometimes the stock you buy goes bad due to low-quality produce. Through it all, though, Eunice has a vision for her business to grow.
Eunice will use her loan to buy a bigger variety of products to attract different types of customers. She is extremely excited about the opportunity to help her business grow.
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.