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Salome, age 49, operates a farm stand where she sells bananas. She has been involved in this business for 18 years and employs four staff members. Her farm business is located on fertile land and her primary customers are market traders. She describes her biggest business challenge to be insecurity within the area and banana theft. Salome and her husband have five grown children between the ages of 17 and 29 years old.

She will use her Kes 8,700 loan to buy a water tank, which will be used by her family members. Her business goal is to improve her business within five years. She describes herself as an ambitious woman.

Salome hopes that in the future she can improve her business by using more modern equipment on her farm.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

This loan is a part of SMEP's loan program to promote clean drinking water in partnership with Called WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), this program offers three loan products:

1)      Loans designed to increase access to water. This includes financing for water tanks, water connections, water kiosks, pumps, filters, dispensers and catchment systems.

2)      Loans for sanitation improvements. This includes financing for the construction of bathrooms, toilets, septic tanks, soak pits, pit latrines, disposal units and incinerators.

3)      Loans for the drilling and construction of boreholes, shallow wells and water towers. This also includes the establishment and improvement of water treatment plants and chemicals.

WASH loan products carry greater risk than typical Kiva loans because they are used to fund non-income generating assets (in most cases), and therefore will need to be repaid with other sources of income. This income may already be contingent on other loans held by loan recipients.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 622
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $44,775,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 87.5
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $100 helped Salome to buy a water tank for her family.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 28, 2012
Jan 26, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2013