Anthony is a farmer in the Litein area of South Rift, Kenya. He has four children and has been doing farming work for 12 years. His primary income sources are milk and personal business. He will use the loan to construct a greenhouse.
Anthony stated what is most enjoyable about farming: 'Business!' His biggest challenge is: 'Insufficient funds.' Animals on the farm have been given the names of: 'Lelkina and Cheseger.'
Anthony was asked why he chose Juhudi Kilimo for this loan, to which he replied: 'The interest rate is low.' This client was also asked what was learned during Juhudi Kilimo's required microfinance training session: 'That they offer a grace period like Juhudi.'
His highest monthly expense is school fees. When asked, 'How will this loan benefit your family?,' Anthony replied: 'In paying for my children.'
As part of Juhudi Kilimo's loan appraisal process, each borrower's assets are evaluated. Anthony owns the following: 'cow, poultry,' but he 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,' 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.