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M. is a married woman with four children, all adults. Her husband is a businessman and he supports his family financially. She has been operating her food stall for over ten years, selling samosa (fried or baked triangular-shaped pastry shells) filled with spicy potatoes and peas. She sells in a shop and from home to her neighbors and passersby.

With the 30,000 KES loan she wants to start another business, selling cosmetics.

M. faces the challenges of high transport costs and seasonality. She hopes to have a wholesale shop in the future. She owns a house with electricity and piped water. Her greatest monthly expenses are food and electricity.

Additional Information

About Yehu Microfinance Trust

This loan is administered by Yehu Microfinance Trust, which was founded in 1998 as a project of CHOICE Humanitarian Kenya. In July 2007, Yehu became a separate entity from CHOICE and was registered as a trust. Since then, Yehu has expanded to cover over half of Kenya’s 13 coastal districts.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 715
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $44,827,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 81.8
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $375 helped Ali to start a cosmetic shop.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 23, 2010
Jul 3, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 15, 2011