Total loan: $1,375


Kitale, Rift Valley, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to start horticulture farming.

Esther's story

Wonderful Kiva lenders! Meet Esther, a 44 year old mother who is so humble, honest and a very hardworking woman on this planet Earth. Esther is a mother of three lovely children that she really adores so much and will always do anything good so that they never go to bed on hungry stomachs. Esther hails from the Kitale area of Kenya, an area that is normally referred to as the “bread basket of Kenya” because of the good rainfall patterns and good weather conditions that favor farming. Esther never got the opportunity to advance her education and get a white collar job but this did not kill her dream of wanting to succeed in life. Esther started farming and has been doing farming for the past 23 years. Through those years she has gathered so much experience and all the farming techniques are in her fingertips. Esther practices mixed farming on her farm and through the profits she has managed to take care of her family's needs and also give her children a good education because she believes that education is the only “key to success.” Esther is a woman who is very enterprising and she is seeking a loan of KES 120,000 to start horticulture farming on her farm. Because of favorable weather patterns, a good road network in her village, good soil and a ready market for horticulture products, Esther wants to take advantage of that and reap more profits. Juhudi Kilimo is partnering with Kiva and Kiva lenders to help aspiring women like Esther to take their farming dreams into reality through training and loan financing. Esther hopes that through the loan she will improve her living conditions. Esther dreams, and projections are, that by the end of the first year she will not only be selling in the local market but will also be selling in international markets through exporting fruits and vegetables. Through this she will be able to assure her children a secure future and uninterrupted learning because she will be able to pay tuition fees on time. Esther is not a selfish woman and will also want to impact the society that is why she will employ people to work for her in her horticulture farm, hence having an impact on society.