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Dorcas is a 37-year-old married woman. She has two children, 5 and 10 years old. She describes herself to be caring woman. She operates a retail stall where she sells clothes. She has been involved in this business for three years. Her business is located within a competitive market environment and her primary customers are local consumers. She describes her biggest business challenge to be insufficient funds for improving the business.

Dorcas will use the Kes 8,700 loan to buy a water tank for her family use and her household chores. Her business goal is to run a very big retail store selling clothes and household items within five years. She hopes that in the future, she will be the greatest business person in her home town. Dorcas also sells household necessities such as sugar, salt, flour etc. and poultry. She received a loan of Kes 20,000 which she managed to repay.

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More information about this loan

This loan is a part of SMEP's loan program to promote clean drinking water in partnership with Called WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), this program offers three loan products:

1)      Loans designed to increase access to water. This includes financing for water tanks, water connections, water kiosks, pumps, filters, dispensers and catchment systems.

2)      Loans for sanitation improvements. This includes financing for the construction of bathrooms, toilets, septic tanks, soak pits, pit latrines, disposal units and incinerators.

3)      Loans for the drilling and construction of boreholes, shallow wells and water towers. This also includes the establishment and improvement of water treatment plants and chemicals.

WASH loan products carry greater risk than typical Kiva loans because they are used to fund non-income generating assets (in most cases), and therefore will need to be repaid with other sources of income. This income may already be contingent on other loans held by loan recipients.

About Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 720
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $43,788,975
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 83.7
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $125 helped Dorcas to buy a water tank.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 31, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 17, 2014