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Elizabeth D. is a 52-year-old widow who supports four children in her household. She specializes in making women’s dresses and men’s shirts. Elizabeth is well-known for her dressmaking skills in the community, and this has attracted old and new customers. She constantly updates her materials to keep with the current fashions, offers a wide selection of patterns, and maintains a good stock to meet her customers’ demands. Her hard work, years of experience, and well-established client base ensure that her business will continue to succeed. Elizabeth plans to expand her business to include sale of new fast-moving ready-made clothes. She plans to use half of her next loan of US $700 to purchase a stock of ready-made clothes and also to invest part of it in buying new patterns and materials.

Disclaimer: Due to recent events in Kenya, the security situation in many communities remains unsettled, affecting many local businesses. Lenders to this entrepreneur should be aware that this loan may represent a higher default risk, and should be willing to accept this additional risk in making their loan.

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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
  • 720
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $43,755,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 62.7
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Elizabeth purchase stock of ready-made clothes and also buy new patterns and materials.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 13, 2008
Mar 29, 2008
Currency Exchange Loss:
Nov 15, 2009