Irene lives in the Mombasa area of Coast Province, Kenya. She is married and has two children, both in school. She owns a cafe, a business which she has been running for two years. In the business, she sells cooked food.
Irene learned about Milango through friends who invited her to the group, and she joined with the aim of accessing credit to improve her business operations. Her main challenges are inflation and bad debts.
Irene is applying for a loan of 21,100 Kenyan shillings (KES) to buy food stock, e.g. vegetables, maize, beans, rice, and cooking fat. The extra income from the loan will be added to her savings to improve the living standard of her family and pay school fees for her children. She aspires to open a restaurant.