Rose is a trained nurse/midwife who manages her own private facility in Nakuru, Kenya. She is 49 years old and a mother of 5 children, two of whom are still in school. After finishing training as a nurse/midwife in 1985, Rose initially worked with the Ministry of Health. After 9 years, she resigned from the government job and joined Mariostopes International, where she worked until 2001, when she opened her own private clinic in one of the slums of Nakuru where most of her clients come from. Rose offers a wide range of health services, including general curative , family planning, and maternal and child health. In addition, she also runs a pharmacy, a laboratory, and a theatre. Rose attributes her success to hard work, perseverance, and financial assistance from KMET. She currently needs a loan of US$1,200 to be able to expand the clinic and to purchase an additional stock of drugs.
Please note that this Field Partner started working with Kiva before certain core risk and due diligence policies were put into place and therefore does not meet our current minimum risk criteria (K-Met has less than 1,000 borrowers and has not submitted recent audited financial statements to Kiva). K-Met is a unique microfinance organization that targets private health care providers and community health workers as a means to fulfill its mission of promoting development in underserved communities through innovative health and education programs. Private providers are given loans to upgrade their facilities and community health workers, who volunteer through K-Met, are given access to loan funds to grow their businesses and as a means of incentivizing them to remain involved in community health work with K-Met. Kiva was K-Met’s first external lender and the organization is rated a Kiva Star Rating of 1, which is the riskiest level. As a result of K-Met’s strong social mission and unique approach to microfinance and health, Kiva believes that loans to borrowers with K-Met may still be of interest to Kiva lenders, despite the increased risk, and has allowed the organization to continue fundraising on Kiva.