Milicent O. 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 illness. 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.
Milicent is 27 years old, married, and mother of two children, both of whom are currently in school.
Milicent sells second hand ladies clothing in her home district in the Nyalenda area of Kisumu. She purchases her stock from Kibuye market in town. Milicent had previously been in college and then ran a catering business from 2004 – 2005. She started her current business in 2007 when she decided that she wanted to raise money to help her children and family.
Milicent has recently applied for a loan of approximately $400 USD. She will use the loan money to purchase more used clothing in order to expand her stock.
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.