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Mary S. is 32 years old, married, with 4 children, all of whom are in school. She lives with her family in the Rongo District of Kenya.

Mary sells kerosene and second hand childrens and men’s clothes in the Achutti Market. She has had a stall there since 2006. Mary purchases her stock in Kisii and Awendo and sells to her local community in the market.

The business has allowed Mary to send both her children and herself to school. With her profits, Mary was able to attend college and she is also able to pay for her childrens school fees.

She has applied for a loan of KSH 11,250 (approximately USD $150) in order to purchase more kerosene and used clothing. Mary wishes to expand the range of clothing items that she sells using the loan money.

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Please note that this Field Partner started working with Kiva before certain core risk and due diligence policies were put into place and therefore does not meet our current minimum risk criteria (K-Met has less than 1,000 borrowers and has not submitted recent audited financial statements to Kiva). K-Met is a unique microfinance organization that targets private health care providers and community health workers as a means to fulfill its mission of promoting development in underserved communities through innovative health and education programs. Private providers are given loans to upgrade their facilities and community health workers, who volunteer through K-Met, are given access to loan funds to grow their businesses and as a means of incentivizing them to remain involved in community health work with K-Met. Kiva was K-Met’s first external lender and the organization is rated a Kiva Star Rating of 1, which is the riskiest level. As a result of K-Met’s strong social mission and unique approach to microfinance and health, Kiva believes that loans to borrowers with K-Met may still be of interest to Kiva lenders, despite the increased risk, and has allowed the organization to continue fundraising on Kiva.

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