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James
James N. is 46 years old, married with one child. He lives and operates a butchery at Embakasi Division along the North Airport Road, within Nairobi. James started his business in the year 2004. This was after he researched butcheries in Embakasi Division and found that there was only one butchery in the whole neighborhood. Being a business-minded person, James therefore decided to take a risk and open his own butchery. In order to do this, he sold his old pick-up truck for Ksh.250,000 (US$ 3,680).


Using this money as his initial capital, James constructed a small stall on an undeveloped piece of land that he had purchased earlier. During this time, many residents in the neighborhood encouraged James to open the butchery quickly, since the only other butchery operator used to cheat his clients by selling less meat, since he purposely used faulty scales. Some of the customers also suspected that they were eating un-inspected meat, which during this time may have included donkey meat and some wild game, which is illegal in Kenya.



Due to James' honesty and friendly nature, many customers flock to his butchery, where he sells high quality meat. Apart from that, the area where his business is located is highly industrial, hence many company workers flock to his butchery to have some "nyama choma", "mbuzi choma" or "kuku choma", (these are traditional Kenyan delicacies of roasted beef, roasted goat meat and chicken respectively) together with ugali (a thick paste made from corn flour) and chips (potato fries), which James introduced some eight months ago upon the request of his customers.



Due to the increased number of customers, James intends to expand his business so as to satisfy his customers’ demand for beef, chicken and fish. James is kindly requesting a loan of US$ 1,200). Given this loan, James will be able to purchase a deepfreeze for storage purposes, a chips warmer, and chairs and tables, which will help him to cope with the increasing demand for quality meat. He promises to provide his loyal customers with better services. The repayment period for his loan will be 10 months.

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  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 402
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  • $38,151,650
    Funds lent in using Kiva
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped James to purchase a deepfreeze, chips warmer, 15 chairs, 4 large tables, and a small tent.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Oct 4, 2007
Listed
Sep 19, 2007
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Aug 12, 2008