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Mesaidi is a widowed woman with two children, both of whom attend school. She lives in a rental house that has neither electricity nor piped water. Her greatest monthly expense is rent.

For over ten years, she has operated an open air food stall, cooking rice and beans for sale. She sells from home to her neighbours and passersby. Mesaidi faces a major challenge of seasonality in her business. During the rainy winter season, it becomes difficult to sell food in an open market. She hopes to establish a restaurant in the future.

With the Kshs 30,000 she wants to purchase bags of beans and wheat flour to cook for sale. She decided to join Yehu because of its good customer relations.

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
  • 605
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $44,775,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 80.4
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $375 helped Mesaidi to purchase bags of beans and wheat flour to cook for sale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 22, 2010
Nov 15, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 16, 2011