Total loan: $700


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Kericho, Kericho County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped her to buy a machine to process maize flour.

Irine's story

Irine is an assiduous woman who has nine years of experience in horticulture under her belt. She uses good farming practices and puts a lot of effort into taking care of her family. She learned how to do both of these things from her parents, and now lives in the Kericho area of Kenya, which has good weather patterns that support farming. Maize is a very common crop in Kenya and a staple food for many who regularly eat ugali, a hard porridge cooked from maize. One can usually buy sifted maize flour in the market, but its cost is higher because of the processing. Flour can be less expensive, however, if it is milled directly using what is known as a posho mill.

Irine owns a diesel posho mill machine that she wants to upgrade. Her current machine keeps breaking down so farmers cannot grind their maize. She will buy an electric, rather than diesel, posho mill, as they are more reliable. Hopefully, breakdowns will be few and far between. To make this purchase possible, Irine is applying for a loan for 70,000 KES from Juhudi Kilimo. She will use the profits she earns from her new mill to repay this loan. In the next five years, Irine sees herself controlling the entire posho mill industry in her village. She wants to thank Kiva lenders for their support.