Total loan: $200


Kakamega, Kakamega, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to open her own Agro vet shop and break a monopoly, thereby making more profits to sustain her family.

Laura's story

Laura lives in Kakamega, in a village where residents lack access to basic infrastructure such as decent housing, roads, and electricity connections. However, she has emerged as one of the most successful farmers in her village. This level of success has been fueled by, among other things, her perseverance, commitment, and enthusiasm. Her primary source of income is milk from her cows, and she also grows maize on their farm.

Although she earns handsome profits from farming, Laura faces one big challenge: the high price of fertilizers, seedlings, and other farming inputs. This is a result of the monopoly that is enjoyed by the only Agro vet store in her area. The dealer caters to many smallholder farmers who depend solely on him for agricultural inputs. He has been making a big profit off farmers by charging them extra. Laura wants both to change this and seize a good business opportunity as well. She has applied for a 20,000 KES loan through Kiva's field partner Juhudi Kilimo to open her own Agro vet shop and tap into the agricultural market. She will also be helping the smallholder farmers in her area who for a long time have had a serious problem accessing affordable farm inputs. Be a part of Laura’s dream by helping her with a loan.