Veronicah lives in the Nyamira area of Kenya, which is a popular banana growing region. She has 4 children and has been farming for 24 years. Her primary sources of income are tea and crops.
She stated what is the most enjoyable thing about farming is the finances gained on the sale of produce! Her biggest challenges are animal diseases. Animals on the farm have been given the names of “Engombe". She will use the loan of 40,000 KES from Juhudi Kilimo to construct a dairy unit within her farm for the animals.
Veronicah was asked why she chose Juhudi Kilimo for this loan, to which she replied because it is cheap. This client was also asked what was learned during Juhudi's required micro-finance training session to which she replied, the loaning process.
Her highest monthly expense is school fees. When asked “How will this loan benefit your family?”, Veronicah replied by increasing the farming income to meet our basic needs.
As part of Juhudi's loan appraisal process, each borrower's assets are evaluated. Veronicah owns the following: 'cow and poultry' but does not own 'pig, pump, bicycle, motorcycle, or automobile'. Juhudi Kilimo also tries to measure any change in living standards based on this loan. This borrower has in the household 'mosquito net' but does not have 'electricity, 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 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.