Ann lives in the Eldoret area of Kenya, which is training grounds for many of Kenya's Olympic runners. She has 2 children and has been doing agriculture work for 10 years. Her primary income sources are milk, crops, and personal business.
She stated what is most enjoyable about farming: "milking." Her biggest challenge is "climate change." Animals on the farm have been given the names of "koroiit."
Ann was asked why she chose Juhudi Kilimo for this loan, to which she replied that the first loan she took was profitable. This client was also asked what was learned during Juhudi's required micro-finance training session: "savings is important." Her highest monthly expense is school fees. When asked how this loan will benefit her family, Ann replied "educate children."
As part of Juhudi's loan appraisal process, each borrower's assets are evaluated. Ann owns cow, poultry, and motorcycle; but does not own a pig, pump, bicycle, or 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 and solar power, but does not have electricity, running water, sewing machine, TV, or DVD player.
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.