Roseline A. recently joined the K-MET volunteer Community Health Worker (CHW) group in Kisumu, Kenya.
As a CHW she will be trained by K-MET and will visit members of her community who are sick with a variety of illnesses. Her work will include distributing Nutriflour (a vitamin enriched flour produced by K-MET) to malnourished patients, providing reproductive health education, referring patients to local clinics and hospitals, and providing basic health care.
Roseline is a 24 years old, married, and a mother of two. One of her children is in school, while the second one is too young to attend school. She and her family live in the Nyalenda area of Kisumu.
Roseline has a small business selling new shoes for ladies. She began her business in 2008 and gets her stock of shoes from Busia, Kenya (on the border of Uganda) and from Uganda. For two years prior, she used to sell second-hand clothes, but changed her business due to the high level of competition and lack of market for the products.
Roseline has applied for a loan of approximately $275 USD. She will use the loan money to buy shoes in bulk in order to grow her business.
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.