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Mariam is a married woman with two children, both of whom attend school. She lives in a rental house that has electricity but no piped water. Her greatest monthly expenses are school fees and food. Her husband contributes to the family's basic needs through his earnings as a real estate agent.

For the last four years, Mariam has sold mitumba (secondhand clothes) from door-to-door. She faces the major challenge of delayed payments: many of her customers purchase clothes on credit and take a while to make payments. She hopes to open a retail shop in future.

Mariam decided to work with Yehu to access loans to boost her business. With the Kshs 30,000, she wants to purchase water pipes to start another business selling fresh water.

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
  • 743
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $43,812,675
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 81.1
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $375 helped Mariam to purchase water pipes to start a business selling fresh water.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 6, 2010
Sep 26, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 15, 2011