Total loan: $925


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Eldoret, Rift Valley, Rift Valley, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped a single woman borrower in good credit standing to buy farm inputs to improve her productivity, which will lead to increased profits.

Esther's story

Esther (55) is a single mother of three school-going children. They live in Eldoret, a town surrounded by prime agricultural lands which favor large-scale grain farming, dairy and horticultural farming.

Esther loves agricultural production because it is her only way of providing for her family. She is a single mother working hard to make the world a better place for her family.

Ever since she started farming, Esther has made tremendous steps in her life. Her determination to persist without giving up hope is her major weapon in fighting poverty. Esther has been working on her farm for many years and, through this business, has been able to meet the basic needs of her family and send four of her seven children to school.

Esther is seeking a loan to buy farm inputs such as certified seeds and nutrient-rich fertilizers to improve the quality of her farm produce and increase her income. To others, it might just be a mere loan, but to Esther, it’s the biggest opportunity she will have this season for changing her life.

Access to modern-quality farm inputs is a pillar of the agricultural revolution. However, in Kenya, a developing country, fertilizer and seed allocation by the government are far below the needs of farmers. 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 availability of inputs.