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Total loan: $775

Mary

Chuka, Kiambu, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy pigs.


Mary's story

Mary, 61, is a farmer who owns a tranquil, rustic homestead in Chuka, Kenya. She lives with her husband. They have been practicing mixed farming for many years. Her primary income source is milk produced on the farm. She sells this at a local market.

A while ago, Mary joined a self-help group named Njeruni comprised of mostly marginalized female farmers. All the members of this group were in search of new ways to generate income. Kiva Field Partner Juhudi Kilimo motivated them to secure a loan and have the members guarantee each other. After being successfully registered, they went through a training of basic financial and business skills.

Mary is seeking a loan of KES 80,000 to purchase pigs. She is looking to diversify into other farming activities. She is always cautious when approaching new business opportunities. The fact that she spends most of her time at the farm makes her confident that she can take good care of the pigs. With the loan, she will be able to sell pork, which has a ready market in the Chuka area and also in the neighboring towns. Income generated from this investment will be enough to meet her farm's expenses. She says her family will also get to enjoy all of the benefits that come along with increased income.