Kenneth lives in the Eldoret area of Kenya, which is a training ground for many of Kenya's Olympic runners. His primary income sources are milk, eggs, and crops and has been doing this work for five years. He has one child.
He stated that what is most enjoyable about farming is the "time for harvesting after months of hard work". His biggest challenge is managing costs. He will use the loan to buy a dairy cow.
Kenneth was asked why he chose Juhudi Kilimo for this loan, to which he replied: 'because it is a social organization.' This client was also asked what was learned during Juhudi's required micro-finance training session. He answered, 'co-guarantee mechanism.'
His highest monthly expense is farming costs. When asked 'How will this loan benefit your family?', Kenneth replied 'better quality of life.'
As part of Juhudi's loan appraisal process, each borrower's assets are evaluated. Kenneth owns the following: 'cow, poultry, bicycle' but does not own 'pig, pump, 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, electricity' but does not have 'solar power, running water, sewing machine, TV, DVD'.
Note: To create this loan profile, Juhudi Kilimo used a mobile device to gather information in the field and sent 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.