Boniface is a student at Strathmore. This is his story.
My name is Boniface from Kiambu County. Aged nineteen years, I am the first born in a family of four. I am applying for Kiva loan which will cover my tution. The reasons why I went for the Kiva loan were: first with the loan I will able to access higher education and take I course that will enable achieve my dreams of becoming a software engineer and second it is not easy to take this course in Kenyan public universities.
If one gets a chance, the location and learning facilities can not compare with those of Strahmore University.
My mother is a casual labourer and does not even earn enough to meet the basic family expenses.
I believe that a degree in Bsc. Informatics and the skills I will get will enable me become a top software engineer. Thank you very much for giving me a chance and other needy bright students from poor backgrounds.
I will do the same in future and while at Strathmore I will work with Campus KIVA to bring positive change in the lives of others.
This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.
Strathmore University is one of the leading private chartered universities in Kenya, and is a privately owned, not for profit institution. Originally established in 1961 as an Advanced-level Sixth Form College with inspiration and encouragement from Saint Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, Strathmore University started offering degrees in 2002 before becoming fully chartered in 2008.
Strathmore University is a non-traditional Field Partner, in that they are an educational institution, not a microfinance institution. Lenders to these loans should be aware of the following:
1 - You might not begin to receive repayments on this loan for many years, and this loan may have terms as long as 11 years. The full-tuition loans administered by Strathmore University can have loan terms of up to 11 years, which includes a grace period of up to 5 years. The grace period includes the time during which the student is enrolled at the university, and the first year after graduation. During the grace period, the borrower is not required to make any repayments, and you would not receive any repayments. Please be sure the loan terms and repayment schedule of this loan suit you.
2 - Administering loans is a new activity for Strathmore University, which can increase the risk on this loan. While most Kiva Field Partners are microfinance institutions and therefore experienced at administering loans, Strathmore University's core business is providing education, and they are inexperienced at administering loans. This partner has passed Kiva's due diligence requirements for a non-traditional Field Partner, however lenders to this loan should be aware that this loan carries some additional risk as Strathmore University becomes more experienced with administering loans to students.
For more information on Strathmore University, and the Kiva loans they are administering, please visit the Field Partner page.