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Mary is a fifty-year-old married woman with five children who are all grown up. Her husband, Lucas Kalama, is a male nurse who contributes to the provision of the family's basic needs. She has a house with neither electricity nor piped water. Her greatest monthly expenses are food for her family and transportation.

Mary has operated a firewood selling business for the past fifteen years. In addition, she also owns a small retail shop. Her potential clients are the neighbors. She faces a major challenge in the transporting of her goods. She dreams of expanding her business.

With the Kshs 20,000 she wants to purchase bundles of firewood for resale. She decided to join Yehu because they give loans to small scale business operators.

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
  • 789
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $43,847,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 104.4
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $200 helped Mary to purchase bundles of firewood for resale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
9 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 26, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 16, 2012