Total loan: $475


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litein, Kericho County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy poultry for his farm.

Cornelius's story

Cornelius, 37 years of age, is a very passionate, hardworking and dedicated farmer who hails from Kaplong a remote village in Litein area of Kenya. He is committed to his wife with whom he has been blessed with one child. Like most small-scale farmers in rural Kenya, he has been practicing mixed farming for the past 10 years and with milk, crops, and some small personal business. He has been able to earn a decent income. He loves dairy farming and has even nicknamed one of his dairy cow “seroi” which is from a persons name. Cornelius has always wanted to practice poultry farming so that he can get out of the poverty stricken situation he is currently facing, but his biggest challenge is lack of funds. Poultry farming is a very profitable business in Kenya and you don’t need to do it big to benefit from the business. Cornelius, having an entrepreneur’s spirit, would want to take advantage of that and improve his living conditions. He has always enjoyed poultry farming and raising hens is something close to a hobby. Market for poultry products will never be a challenge because the demand for chicken is always high, being such a popular meal for many people. This can be proved when you visit fast food joints. Through the loan he will be able to benefit from selling eggs, meat and poultry feathers and he is assured of improved living conditions. Cornelius believes that freedom from poverty is a basic human right and through the loan he will be able to get out of poverty. Through Juhudi Kilimo and Kiva he believes that the loan will create ripples of changes in his living conditions. Through a partnership between Juhudi Kilimo and Kiva, aspiring men such as Cornelius are assured of achieving their dreams through loans and technical financing. Profits from the loan will be used to fully repay the loan and improve their living conditions. He will not only benefit from poultry income, but will get manure that will be used in improving fertility levels of his farm.