John lives in the Litein area of Kenya. He has three children and has been doing this work for eight years. His primary income sources are milk, eggs, and crops. He stated what is most enjoyable about farming as: “Dairy farming.” His biggest challenge is a “Lack of enough dairy feed.” Animals on the farm have been given the names of “Lelkina.” John was asked why he chose Juhudi Kilimo for this loan, to which he replied: “Because they offer a grace period in the first loan.” This client was also asked what was learned during Juhudi's required microfinance training session: “That Juhudi Kilimo insures dairy cows.” His greatest monthly expense is for school fees. When asked “How will this loan benefit his family," John replied “In paying school fees.”
As part of Juhudi's loan appraisal process, each borrower's assets are evaluated. John owns the following: “cow, poultry” but 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, solar power” but does not have “electricity, 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.