This is 35-year-old Saumu. She is married and lives with her family, her spouse and their three children, in the coastal region of Kenya. To help her husband who is a farmer with the household expenses, she decided to start her own business where she sells farm equipment, mostly jembes (hand hoes). Saumu tells us that she wants to take advantage of the winter season which is about to start. She knows that during this time, the majority of the farmers want some jembes to cultivate their lands. She is therefore requesting a loan so as to purchase more jembes for sale. She is optimistic that her income will increase considerably this time.
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.