Lameck lives in the Nyamira area of Kenya, which is a popular banana growing region. He has 1 child and has been farming for 5 years. His primary income sources are milk, eggs, and tea.
He stated what is most enjoyable about farming: “Returns!” His biggest challenge is “Diseases.” Animals on the farm have been given the names of 'Nyabarate.'.
He will use the loan of 50,000 KES from Juhudi Kilimo to buy a water pump and poultry birds.
Lameck was asked why he chose Juhudi Kilimo for this loan, to which he replied: “they are convenient to deal with since they visit clients at home.” This client was also asked what was learned during Juhudi's required micro-finance training session: “Loaning process.”
His highest monthly expense is business related. When asked 'How will this loan benefit your family?', Lameck replied “increase of income.”
As part of Juhudi's loan appraisal process, each borrower's assets are evaluated. Lameck owns the following: 'cow, poultry' but does not own 'pig, pump, 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, TV, DVD' but does not have 'electricity, solar power, running water, sewing machine'.
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.