Total loan: $1,450


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Maua, Meru County, Kenya / Food

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A loan helped to buy different varieties of cereals and grains, such as beans, corn and rice, to sell in the local market.

Doreen's story

Doreen (pictured with one of her children) is 27 years old and has two children. She is one of the most hardworking women living in Maua, Kenya. Doreen is one of the most respected women in her remote village. She is very hardworking and self-driven. She is known in her village because of her resilient nature.

Although she makes a profit from farming, Doreen is not comfortable and has always wanted to increase her income by selling cereals. She requested a loan, which she will use to buy cereals and grains to sell. Her remote area, one of the country's most populated regions, has a high demand for cereals. This means that Doreen could increase her profits by meeting the local demand.

Unlike most microfinance institutions in Kenya, which have imposed very complicated procedures in funds acquisition, thereby discouraging smallholder farmers, Juhudi Kilimo is working closely with Kiva to make loan acquisition for a smallholder farmer easy and convenient. Through this intervention, movement of funds in the rural communities has increased, thereby alleviating rural poverty.

Doreen wants to use the profits to improve her living conditions. She feels inspired to continue farming, and motivated to improve her life, now that she is a member of Juhudi Kilimo.