After high school, I worked for 4 years as a secretary but I felt I had capacity to do more. I developed a strong liking for the HR profession working as a Personal Assistant to an HR and Admin Manager, and it is then I decided to enroll for a diploma in Leadership and Management. I got a diploma in Leadership and Management and from there on my career in HR started. I grew within the ranks of HR profession from a Personal Assistant, HR Assisant, to HR Officer. To move from the position of a HR Officer required a degree and I enrolled for a Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Management where I got first class honors. I was promoted to the position of a Senior HR and Training Officer in 2009.
I joined Juhudi Kilimo in mid 2012 as a Human Resource Manager and what really attracted me to Juhudi is their core business of financing rural farmers. Having worked in a pure for profit organization and in particular healthcare, my desire was to join a social enterprise that would focus on the development of our customers in a sustainable manner. I fell in love with Juhudi's mission, their client focus and the impact they were creating in the society. I was also excited to join Juhudi because they did not have a HR function and they wanted me to set it up and this was a great opportunity for me to put in to practice my years of experience as a HR.
Juhudi is at a point in time that it requires a strong and very skilled leadership team who will be able to deliver on our promises to our farmers. As an executive heading the HR function, I will benefit greatly from the Masters in Business Administration from USIU which will give me hands on experience in functional areas related to HR like Finance, Marketing, Strategy and Entrepreneurship. I choose the Global Executive MBA from USIU as it focuses on managers who hold senior positions and the approach is very hands-on and work based. I am therefore able to transfer the newly acquired skills and knowledge into my day to day activities, creating a greater impact that Juhudi will need in the next 3 years as it scales up."
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This loan is part of Juhudi Kilimo’s effort to provide future leaders in Kenya with access to higher education, while also allowing the organization to increase its staff capacity and scale its services. Juhudi Kilimo empowers thousands of smallholder farmers across rural Kenya through its financial and non-financial services. However, the organization is currently constrained in its ability to reach its 2015 goal of improving the lives of 100,000 underserved farmers due to its undersized staff capacity. By helping local management and staff at Juhudi Kilimo to access further education, Kiva can increase this capacity, allowing the organization to reach more rural farmers with critical income generating financial services.
Kiva’s interest-free flexible funding will allow Juhudi Kilimo to offer these education loans to employees with a 0% interest rate, ensuring that high-quality local talent are attracted and retained by the company. Monthly repayments will be automatically deducted from the employee’s salary, reducing the risk of defaults.
By funding this loan, you are playing an important part in helping a future leader to access key education, while also supporting Juhudi Kilimo as it attempts to provide more underserved farmers with important opportunities.
Important InformationTo 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.
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