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Total loan: $375

Elizabeth

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Thika, Kiambu County, Kenya / Food

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


Elizabeth's story

Elizabeth is 25 years old and single. She is one of the most hardworking women living in Thika, Kenya. Elizabeth 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, Elizabeth 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 Elizabeth 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 into rural communities has increased, thereby alleviating rural poverty.

Elizabeth 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.