Total loan: $1,350


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Kapsowar, Elgeyo-Marakwet County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy cereals.

Rebecca's story

Rebecca, from Kosachi Self Help Group in Kapsowar, applauds the initiative for transforming her life*. She is a loving mum to three angel-looking children and has been farming for the past 10 years. Her primary sources of income have been milk, eggs, maize, crops and some small business ventures that help her make ends meet. Rebecca is very passionate about farming and loves cultivating her farm. That is why, every day, she wakes up very early to go to her farm to plow. Although she makes profits from farming, she is not comfortable and has always wanted to increase her income by selling cereals. That is why she is seeking this loan to buy cereals. Kenya's Kapsowar area, one of the county's populated regions, has a high demand for cereals. This means that Rebecca could increase her income and satisfy the demand that is there. Accessing funds has been a challenge for Rebecca, but she now feels relieved because Juhudi Kilimo is partnering with Kiva lenders to help aspiring women farmers like her turn their farming dreams into reality through training and loan financing. Rebecca believes that this loan will be of much help, and that she will be able to satisfy the demand for cereals. She also believes that the extra income she earns will enable a permanent change in her life and increase her business. Increased profits will allow Rebecca to repay this loan and secure the future of her school-going age children. All that Rebecca awaits is your kindness * For years rural women have lived poor lives due to disinheritance, patriarchal systems and lack of mentors. In addition, in some parts of Kenya like Kapsowar, more women were rendered poor by the clashes that followed disputed presidential elections of 2007. Their men were killed and property destroyed leaving women who were once financially stable, and even of middle income bracket, vulnerable to poverty. Years later, Juhudi Kilimo, a micro finance institution that concentrates on small holder farmers, came to their rescue, training marginalized women from rural areas on how to do agriculture better, advertise and sell their farm produce directly to the market.