Total loan: $700


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Kitale, Trans-Nzoia County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy certified seeds and high-nutrient fertilizer to expand her crop farm.

Ester's story

Situated among the green hills surrounding Mount Kenya, Kitale is a land of never-ending beauty. It is home to many smallholder farmers in Kenya, Ester (born in 1957 and a mom of one) being among them.

Ester is a resourceful mother and an enterprising woman who injects passion and determination into her work and dreams of making the world a better place. Ester has been in the business of farming for many years and says farming is the best activity she has ever engaged in.

Ester enjoys farming as a way of giving her family a healthy lifestyle, as the Eldoret region has a good climate for farming. Farmers like her are engaged in growing a variety of crops and raising livestock. Through experience, Ester has emerged as one of the most respected farmers in her village.

Today, she is seeking a loan of 70,000 KES, which she will use to buy certified seeds and high-nutrient fertilizer to expand her crop farm.

Unlike most microfinance services in Kenya that have imposed complicated procedures that discourage smallholder farmers, Juhudi Kilimo is working closely with Kiva to make loan acquisition easy and convenient.

By scaling up her business, Ester will reduce production costs and increase her output, to be achieved through lenders’ help and goodwill. This woman is worth supporting, and she will not disappoint.