Mwaka is 50 years old and lives in Mwambalazi, a small village on the south coast of Kenya. She is married to Said and they have three children aged 13-30 years.
As for her family's main source of income, Mwaka farms and raises livestock to sell, a business she has been doing since the purchase of one goat. Thanks to her hard work, today Mwaka has several goats, which bring her a monthly profit of KES 10,000 through their sale.
With the goal of further developing her business and purchasing some cows, Mwaka applied to Yehu Microfinance through Kiva for a loan of KES 40,000 for the purchase of young livestock. Mwaka is planning to invest the income from her loan in further developing her business. Although she remains focused to her goal, she also experiences the challenge of loss of her livestock through theft and diseases.
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.