Godfrey lives in the Ndaragwa area of Kenya, which has one of the cooler climates in Kenya. He has three children and has been doing this work for twenty years. His primary income sources are milk, eggs, and crops. He stated what is most enjoyable about farming: "Selling milk!" His biggest challenge is ''feeding animals in drought season." Animals on the farm have been given the names of "Kitanga and Nyameni; both are cows."
Godfrey was asked why he chose Juhudi Kilimo for this loan, to which he replied: "They have brought their services to us." This client was also asked what was learned during Juhudi's required micro-finance training session: "One can develop from the microloans." His highest monthly expense is school fees. When asked how will this loan benefit his family, Godfrey replied "Will see my children through college."
As part of Juhudi's loan appraisal process, each borrower's assets are evaluated. Godfrey owns the following: "cow, poultry, bicycle" but does not own "pig, pump, motorcycle, automobile." Juhudi Kilimo also tries to measure any change in living standards based on this loan. This borrower does not have "mosquito net, electricity, solar power, running water, sewing machine, TV, DVD."
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.