Total loan: $900


Siongiroi, Bomet County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy farm inputs to improve her productivity, leading to increased profits to support her family.

Ciciliah's story

Living in Siongiroi is a real struggle, but for a single woman like Ciciliah, it is even worse. With no one to share day-to-day responsibilities of feeding her children and making important family decisions, Ciciliah ventured into farming.

Ciciliah is unwilling to let her children suffer and she sustains them using the proceeds of her farming business. Because of Ciciliah's love for farming, she has even nicknamed her cows.

Ciciliah also grows different crop varieties such as maize and vegetables on her farm. The quality of Ciciliah’s crops has dwindled due to the use of poor farm inputs. This has brought about low demand for her crops and has negatively affected her sales. Access to modern-quality farm inputs is the pillar of agricultural revolution. However, in Kenya, a developing country, fertilizer and seed allocation by the government is way below the needs of farmers.

Ciciliah is seeking a helping hand to purchase farming inputs such as fertilizers and hybrid seeds to boost the quality of her produce. This will elevate her standard of living as well as that of her beautiful children. Unlike local money lenders who charge exorbitant interests on loans, Juhudi Kilimo and Kiva have entered into a partnership that aims at improving the lives of smallholder farmers through providing them with loans and encouraging them to save.