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Total loan: $475


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Kitale, Trans-Nzoia County, Kenya / Agriculture

Margaret's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped to purchase farming inputs such as fertilizers and hybrid seeds to boost the quality of her produce, earn more profits and support her beautiful children.

Margaret's story

Margaret (33) has a captivating smile that leaves other residents of Kitale thinking her life is a bed of roses. However, that has not been the case since she has gone through many struggles in the process of raising her children. Margaret is a mother who loves attending to her daily duties and making a living for her family. Margaret uses the few profits obtained from local sales of milk and crops to pay for her children's school fees.

Although she dearly loves crop farming, her farm is at risk of attack by crop pests and diseases. To a poor rural farmers, treatment of crop diseases requires an increase in the total operational costs to the extent that, in most cases, the amount of capital invested to produce a desired yield surpasses the output harvested. The remedy is to use certified seeds that are resistant to pests and diseases.

Margaret is seeking a helping hand to purchase farming inputs such as fertilizers and hybrid seeds to boost the quality of her produce. Since Juhudi Kilimo, which is in partnership with Kiva, ventured into the affairs of smallholder farmers in Kenya, farmers can attest that there has been a significant improvement in the availability of inputs. Margaret is assured of a bumper harvest, which will open new markets for her crops and, subsequently, increase her profits. This will elevate her standard of living, as well as that of her beautiful children.