Isiah is a 35-year-old married man with four children living in Kyenjojo, Uganda. He is a member of a village bank group where members guarantee one another to get a loan. His main business is buying and selling produce like maize, beans and groundnuts and he has been in business for three years. He started this business because small scale farmers could not afford to sell in urban places due to high cost and yet there was a ready market offering better prices. He gets additional income from goat rearing. He is faced with a problem of transporting his produce to the market due to high transport costs and hopes to buy his own means of transport. Isiah is requesting a loan to produce maize and beans to sell.
More information about this loan
This loan is part of HOFOKAM's program targeting poor and geographically excluded populations in Western Uganda. In addition to loans, it provides social and business training programs to low-income entrepreneurs and their communities. Since 2003, HOFOKAM has provided sustainable financial and non-financial services to promote social, economic and sustainable land development and improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations. The organization has a clear vested interest in underserved communities with its headquarters in rural Fort Portal and a number of branches in extremely remote areas.
This is a Group Loan
In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.
Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.