Total loan: $550


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Kerugoya, Kirinyaga County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy farm inputs such as certified quality seeds and fertilizer.

Mary's story

Wonderful people in this Kiva platform, meet Mary, a practical and inventive mom with three children. She has no higher education or work experience; only her wits and her desire to succeed in life. She is a very hardworking, progressive, and honest farmer from a very remote village in the Kerugoya area of Kenya. This area is very fertile, with favorable weather patterns that support farming activities. Mary has a farm where she grows crops and raises livestock. She also earns some income from a personal business. She never had a formal education and is content with the farming lifestyle. The Kerugoya area is a favorable one for farming, so she is seeking a 60,000 KES loan through Kiva's field partner, Juhudi Kilimo. She will use it to buy farm inputs such as certified quality seeds and fertilizer to improve her crop farming and eventually, through increased profits, improve her standard of living. Being a woman and accessing funds in Kenya, especially around Kerugoya, is very challenging. Mary feels relieved knowing there are institutions such as Kiva and the wonderful lenders who help hardworking moms like her. She is always working to improve her family’s living conditions, but her biggest dreams are to become independent and support her parents and children by herself, and to buy a home. Mary is so thankful to lenders in advance.