Total loan: $475


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Moi's Bridge, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya / Agriculture

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Zenah's story

Most of the Kenyan population directly depends on small-scale farming for its livelihood in the rural areas.

Meet Zenah, who has defied the common thinking of most Kenyans about agriculture. At the age of 45 years, she is the proud owner of a farm, where she plants maize, tomatoes, and other vegetables. The farm is in Matuu.

Zenah practices agriculture with a difference, employing youthful energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge attained from years of experience. To sustain her family, she offers her produce to specific markets with specific needs, thus increasing her revenue.

The major challenge that farmers from her area face is unaffordable and scarce farming inputs, meaning that their yields are far below what they could be. Zenah has applied for a 50,000 KES loan through Kiva's field partner Kenya ECLOF to buy farming inputs such as certified seeds and high-nutrient fertilizer. She will also be able to buy several pipes and a water tank to help her irrigate, and will use her loan to help prepare a seedbed to start planting.

Zenah is very determined to succeed. Because she is very disciplined with finances, she plans to provide a secure future for herself and educate her children through her accumulated profits.