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Carolyne is a 23-year-old single lady who supports two children in her household. She spent one year learning the art of dressmaking and has been offering her tailoring services within her community in Kisumu, Kenya since 2002. She specializes in both women’s dresses and men’s shirts.

Despite the stiff competition in her area, Carolyne has always been able to attract old and new customers. Her hard work, years of experience and well-established clientele base ensure that her business will continue to succeed.

She plans to use a quarter of her loan of US $500 to purchase new patterns and materials, and also a new sewing machine, as the one she currently has is old.

Additional Information

Important Information

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.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 709
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $44,827,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 69.7
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Carolyne purchase new patterns, materials and sewing machine.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 3, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 15, 2009