Elijah lives in the Eldoret area of Kenya, a tea growing area in the Rift valley. He has eight children, and has been doing this work (agriculture) for 20 years. His primary income sources are milk and crops.
He says what is most enjoyable about farming is "dairy farming"; his biggest challenge is "drought". Animals on the farm have been given no names.
Elijah was asked why he chose Juhudi Kilimo for this loan, to which he replied: "it deals with farmers". This client was also asked what was learned during Juhudi's required micro-finance training session, and he said, "saving for the future".
His highest monthly expense is farming costs. When asked 'how would this loan benefit his family', Elijah replied, " it will generate more income for family use".
As part of Juhudi's loan appraisal process, each borrower's assets are evaluated. Elijah owns the following: a cow, but does not own a pig, poultry, a pump, a bicycle, a motorcycle, or an automobile. Juhudi Kilimo also tries to measure any change in living standards based on this loan. This borrower has in the household a mosquito net, but does not have electricity, solar power, running water, a sewing machine, a TV, or a 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.