Prickta lives in the Eldoret area of Kenya, which is training grounds for many of Kenya's Olympic runners. Her primary income sources are milk, eggs, crops, and a salary job. She has 4 children and has been doing this work for 15 years.
Prickta stated what is most enjoyable about farming is that she loves feeding animals and more so the chickens. Her biggest challenge is poultry diseases that sometimes can result in great losses. The animals on the farm have been given the names of 'Kipkaren, murugusi, kapsabet.' She will use the loan to buy more poultry birds.
Prickta was asked why she chose Juhudi Kilimo for this loan, to which she replied: 'From other nearby groups.' This client was also asked what was learned during Juhudi's required micro-finance training session: 'She learnt the values of being together as a group.'
Her highest monthly expense is farming costs. When asked 'How will this loan benefit your family?', Prickta replied 'She will be able to feed her family well, her income will also increase and thus she will be able to educate her children.'
As part of Juhudi's loan appraisal process, each borrower's assets are evaluated. Prickta owns the following: 'cow, poultry, pump' but does not own 'pig, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile'. Juhudi Kilimo also tries to measure any change in living standards based on this loan. This borrower has in the household 'mosquito net, solar power, sewing machine' but does not have 'electricity, running water, TV, DVD'.
Note: To create this loan profile, Juhudi Kilimo used a mobile device to gather information in the field and send the data to a central online repository, thus reducing paper use, making the process more efficient, and keeping costs down.
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.