Total loan: $500


Thika, Kiambu County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped a single mom to buy another dairy cow to meet the demand for milk in her area.

Mary's story

Mary is a rural farmer in Thika, Kenya, a town where the main economic activities include agricultural processing, particularly in horticulture and pineapples. She is an always smiling single mother and has been practicing mixed farming for many years. On her farm, she grows bananas and keeps dairy cows. She sells milk and bananas.

In order to meet her expenses and provide the best for her children, she often engages in small personal businesses to make extra money. Farming however, gives her a great sense of satisfaction, despite the meager earnings. Her biggest challenge is drought. The long dry season can lead to crop failures and poor yields. For a farmer, this means business losses and lack of food for the family.

Today Mary is seeking a new loan to buy another dairy cow and is planning to become a full-fledged dairy farmer. Her future plan is to construct a zero-grazing unit. In this way, she can use the grazing field to plant fodder and prepare silage. With this loan Mary is going to grow into a very successful dairy farmer. All she wants is for her family to enjoy the abundance of life, good health, and a good livelihood.