Total loan: $5,550


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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya / Education

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A loan helped To pay for a Masters in Business Administration at the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya.

Nancy's story

Observing her, she is a picture of beauty. Her eyes dance in merriment as if to punctuate her animated gestures, and the hint of a smile plays at the corners of her mouth. Packed within her petite frame is a silent strength and character that you only begin to understand as you get to know her. This is Nancy, the Chief Human Resource Manager at Juhudi Kilimo, an agricultural micro finance institution in Kenya that serves smallholder farmers. At home, she is a committed wife to her husband and a tender, loving mother to her two children. Her small family means the world to her, so she puts them at the center of every single decision she makes in life. Growing up in a poor neighborhood, raised by poor parents, Nancy had plenty of reasons to follow the path of many girls in her hood. But she decided early in her life that she would define her own path through hard work, determination and flexibility. She made it through University with a Bachelor of Science in Leadership and Management where she got first class honors. Nancy, upon graduating with a degree in leadership, was just piercing into the Kenyan dream with the hope of setting up unmatchable standards in the human resources and leadership practice. Like many educated Kenyans, her life seemed promising and ever improving. However, in 2010, her husband was involved in a grisly road accident that left him devastated, motionless and unconscious. The accident also rendered her husband jobless. With a young family and a jobless husband, Nancy knew that she was to tread a rocky path with dark hanging clouds. However, Nancy vowed not to let her husband's accident suppress her dreams and determination to succeed. Nancy is seeking a 500,000 Kenya Shillings (KES) loan, which she will use to pay for higher education. She is undertaking a Masters in Business Administration at the United States International University (U.S.I.U.) in Kenya. The course will help her to work with productivity objectives and targets aimed at the achievement of the company’s short- and long-term goals. She needs this loan from Kiva lenders, because her income is tied up, and the cost of the higher education is prohibitive. The biggest chunk of her salary is spent on general family expenses and her children’s education. She became the breadwinner in her family since the day her husband was involved in the grisly road accident and rendered jobless. Nancy has grown within the ranks of the Human Resource profession from a Personal Assistant, HR Assistant, to HR Officer. Nancy joined Juhudi Kilimo in 2012 as the Human Resource Manager and what really attracted her to Juhudi is the core business of financing rural farmers. Having worked in a pure for-profit organization and in particular healthcare, Nancy’s desire was to join a social enterprise that would focus on the development of customers in a sustainable manner. She fell in love with Juhudi's mission, their client focus and the impact they were creating in society. Nancy believes that Juhudi is at a point in time that it requires a strong and very skilled leadership team that will be able to deliver on the promises to the farmers. As an executive heading the HR function, Nancy will benefit greatly from the Masters in Business Administration from U.S.I.U. because the degree provides graduates an edge on the competition, especially for human resources management positions. Thriving businesses need great employees. They require talented and technically skilled employees to gain an edge in the marketplace—that’s why HR professionals play a vital role in the success of companies across an array of industries. With your loan, Nancy will continue providing for her family, educating her children and three other siblings, and furthering her education without having to stretch her income further. Nancy will use the newly acquired skills in implementing HR strategy, employee selection, talent management, compensation and benefits, training, development and formulating human resource law Support this heroine who works tirelessly to improve the economic well-being of small holder farmers in Juhudi Kilimo and herself!