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Mariam is a married woman with one child who is still too young for school. She lives in a rental house that has electricity and piped water. Her greatest monthly expense is high cost of transportation.

For the past six years, she has operated a "kikoi" (traditional African cloth) sales business, selling from door to door to her neighbours and passersby. In addition she also sells fruit juices, her other source of income. Her major challenge is the high cost of transportation. She dreams of expanding the juice business and incorporating mineral water for sale.

With the Kshs 40,000 she wants to purchase bundles of "kanga"s for sale. She decided to join Yehu to access loans to boost her business.

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
  • 728
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $43,755,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 90.0
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $450 helped Mariam to purchase bundles of "kanga" (traditional African print cloth) for sale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 15, 2012