Total loan: $1,275


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Eldoret, Rift Valley, Rift Valley, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy certified seeds and organic nutrient-rich manure/fertilisers.

Susan's story

Empowering and investing in women ─ especially in rural areas ─ can be the best way to increase productivity and significantly reduce hunger in Kenya. Susan is among the many Kenyan women involved in food production. Susan lives with her family in Eldoret and depends primarily on agriculture for survival. Her work is to raise dairy animals and grow different crop varieties. She doesn't have a formal university education and is content with farming.

Access to modern quality farm inputs is the pillar of agricultural revolution. However, in Kenya, a developing country, fertiliser and seed allocation by the government is way 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 input availability from before.

Susan is seeking this loan to buy farm inputs, such as certified seeds and nutrient-rich fertilisers, to enable her to grow more crops, reap maximum profits, and increase her business. Being a woman and accessing funds in Kenya, especially around Eldoret, is very challenging, but Susan feels relieved that there are institutions such as Kiva helping enterprising women like herself. Susan is always working to improve her family’s living conditions, but her biggest dreams are to become independent and support her family.