Total loan: $375


litein, Kericho County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy farm inputs such as hybrid seeds and fertilizer to improve her farming, so that she can use the increased profits from her farm to pay tuition fees for her children.

Selly's story

Selly is a 41-year-old mother of six children, living in Litein. She believes that hard work is the price tag of success, and that is why she has to put in more work so that she can have a good farm. Despite the back-breaking labor that she puts into her farm, her income is not sufficient to meet the demands of her family. Selly grows crops and raises livestock. She also earns some income from a personal business. She never had a formal education, and is content with the farming lifestyle.

The Litein area is a favorable one for farming. She is seeking a 40,000 KES loan through Kiva's field partner Juhudi Kilimo to buy farm inputs such as fertilizer and seed. These will enable her to grow more vegetables, reap maximum profits, and increase her business. Being a woman and accessing funds in Kenya, especially around her village, is very challenging. Selly feels relieved to know that there are institutions such as Kiva that help enterprising women like herself. She is always working to improve her family’s living conditions. Her biggest dreams are to become independent and support her family by herself, to secure her children’s future and to buy a home.