Evanson has been in active farming in his rural home for 12 years and currently runs his farm with the help of one farmhand. His produce, cabbages and tomatoes, are supplied to the local market. He works as a casual labourer for other farmers to raise more income to meet his family's needs.
Evanson has requested a loan worth 30,000 KES from Juhudi Kilimo to buy pigs. He says there is enough market for pork, due to the high cost of beef in the local markets. He reiterates that he will use the income to educate his children and to improve the living standards in all aspects of their lives.
Evanson says marketing, coupled with poor infrastructure, remains a challenge. Although these challenges are surmountable. He is optimistic that his business will continue to grow.
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.