Total loan: $675
Nandi Hills, Nandi County, Kenya / Agriculture
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A loan helped to buy farm implements, high-quality seeds, good fertilizer and pesticide.
Lenah, 39, is a smallholder farmer in the Nandi hills area of Kenya. In the past eight years, she has bred more than four dairy cows, developed her farm, and planted and sold a variety of crops. Lenah says the secret to her success is thinking of farming as a way to make money, not just as a traditional way of life – adopting new technologies and methods, crop diversification, record-keeping and good planning also helps. Lenah was unable to study to get a professional career because of the economic situation that her family faced. However, she never gave up and she has been practicing farming. Lenah always says, “I have always had an affinity for farming; it runs in my blood.” Because of how much she likes farming she has even nicknamed one of her cows “Chemunken.” She is a very proud farmer, especially when she is milking her cows. Through her dairy cow, she is able to get between 10-15 liters of milk a day, and this helps her support her family. Lenah also practices crop farming, but she has not been making good profits because of poor farming implements. Lenah is requesting a loan to buy farm implements. She will be able to buy high-quality seeds, good fertilizer, and pesticide that she will use to greatly improve her crop production. Modern farming requires the use of modern techniques and using high-quality seeds will assure her of a bumper harvest and increased profits. Lenah is visionary, and her goal for the season is to boost her crop production and be able to get more harvest than the previous year. All this can be achieved through lender help and goodwill. Lenah believes that her loan will help turn around her family’s life and she will be able to give her child a solid educational background. This loan will be Lenah’s way out of poverty.