Total loan: $800


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Chuka, Kiambu, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy a motorbike.

Doreen's story

Doreen is a thriving, driven smallholder farmer, a force to be reckoned with. She is a proud woman who started practicing farming out of economic necessity. She learned the trade from her parents, and now she honors them by continuing it. She farms a small plot of land in the green, lush hills of Mitheru, Chuka, which is in the central region of Kenya. Doreen is happily married and is blessed with a lovely family. For the past 10 years, she has been involved in mixed farming. She grows maize and vegetables, and she also keeps dairy cows. Doreen has been able to provide nutritious food for her family. She earns profits by selling a variety of food crops, but she is faced with the challenge of delivering the produce in a timely manner to the market. This challenge has not made her give up and she states, "I have to do something for my children". Doreen joined Juhudi Kilimo, which is a microfinance institution that assists hardworking women like her. She requests a loan from Juhudi Kilimo via Kiva lenders to buy a motorbike. Doreen is from a remote village that has poor roads, and transporting her produce to the market has been a challenge. She has suffered many losses of perishable products (milk, vegetables, and tomatoes) which require timely delivery to the market. This loan will help Doreen to achieve her dream and reach her goals. For smallholder women in Kenya, accessing a financial solution is tough, but Doreen feels relieved to know that there are institutions such as Juhudi Kilimo and Kiva that help women. The benefits of this loan are many and one of them is that Doreen will never suffer losses due to delays in delivering produce to the market. She will increase her sales volume because she will be able to transport more goods to the market. As a result, her income will increase. Doreen intends to employ someone to ride the motorbike and help with farm work. Doreen will use the loan to improve her living conditions by building a modern house and assure her children of a secure future. You can help Doreen with the loan she needs and get her closer to accomplishing her dreams.