Total loan: $425


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litein, Kericho County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped a single mom to purchase farming inputs, such as fertilizer to boost the quality of her tea produce.

Mary's story

Meet Mary (29 years old), is a smallholder single mom of three who is very proactive in her approach to her farm decisions. She takes all responsibilities at her farm to heart and works toward her goals. She is determined to succeed and give her family a better lifestyle.

She obtains her income from selling milk,tea and maize. She has been in this business for the last few years. Being an agricultural producer, she is very committed to pursuing the dream of purchasing her own home.

The quality of Mary’s crops has dwindled due to the use of poor farm inputs. This has brought about low demand for her crops and has negatively impacted her sales. Access to modern-quality farm inputs is the pillar of the agricultural revolution. However, in Kenya, a developing country, fertilizer and seed allocation by the government is way below the needs of farmers. Mary is seeking a helping hand to purchase farming inputs, such as fertilizer and hybrid seeds, to boost the quality of her tea produce.

Since Juhudi Kilimo, who 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 input availability. Mary is assured of a bumper tea 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.