Dora makes a living by selling small dried fish called omena. She also sells maize at her store in the market in Rongo, Kenya. She has been running this business for over forty-five years!
Dora is now 65 years old, and has been married for the whole time that she has had her business. Both of Dora’s children passed away, and now she is caring for the six grandchildren left behind. She pays their school fees, buys their clothes, and pays for all of their needs.
Dora says that the stock of her business is down and that she would like to boost her supply in order to get her profit levels up again. She wants to save some money every month so that she can have an emergency reserve.
The most important thing to Dora is to provide a good life for her grandchildren. She hopes that they are as smart and successful as their parents were before the passed away—one was a doctor and one was a teacher.
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.