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Silas is a farmer in Kitale Town in Western Kenya practicing mixed farming and producing maize, milk and beans. He has been in farming for five years and has engaged two farmhands in the farm. He earns additional income from his retail shop business in the local market. He is aged 20.

Silas has requested a loan of 36,400 KES from Juhudi Kilimo to purchase and insure a dairy cow. He plans to use the increased proceeds from the loan to purchase three more dairy cows before boosting his retail business. He is more optimistic with dairy farming owing to better prices prevailing currently.

Silas however observes that fluctuating weather conditions make animal feed expensive. Animal diseases adds to the challenge.

Additional Information

Important Information

To facilitate a partnership between Kiva and Juhudi Kilimo, K-Rep Group (Juhudi Kilimo’s 100% owner) has guaranteed Kiva funds in the event of institutional default. Lenders should be aware that the risk of borrower default remains borne by the lender.

About Juhudi Kilimo:

Juhudi Kilimo is a for-profit social enterprise working with small-holder farmers in Kenya to finance purchases of dairy cows, chickens, agricultural equipment, and other assets that create immediate cash flow. Many of the assets are insured to prevent devastating business losses, and targeted technical assistance is provided to farmers, from agricultural training to basic book keeping and local market research.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 719
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $44,827,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 84.3
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped Silas to purchase and insure a dairy cow.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 14, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 16, 2012