Total loan: $1,225
Siongiroi, Bomet County, Kenya / Agriculture
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A loan helped to purchase a motorbike to transport produce to the market.
Bornes is 59 years old, married, and has children. She is a farmer whom neighbors and fellow farmers respect as a mentor. She farms a small plot of land in the green, lush hills of Siongiroi in the Rift valley region of Kenya. For the past 15 years, she has been involved in mixed farming and her primary source of income has been growing maize, cabbages, and tomatoes. She also keeps dairy cows and sells milk. Bornes has been able to provide nutritious food for her family. Although she has been making profits selling a variety of food crops, she is faced with a challenge of timely delivery of the produce to the market. Bornes mobilized other women in her village and joined Juhudi Kilimo, which is a micro finance institution that assists aspiring women. She requested a loan from Juhudi Kilimo, which she will use to buy another motorbike. Bornes is from a remote village that has poor feeder roads and transporting her produce to the market has been a challenge, hence she suffers many losses. Perishable products such as milk and vegetables require timely delivery to the market if you are to fetch a high price. With this loan Bornes is going to achieve her dream and goals. Accessing a financial solution for women in Kenya is an uphill battle, but Bornes feels relieved to know that there are institutions such as Juhudi Kilimo that help women so that they can gain respect and equality among their male counterparts. The benefits of this loan are astronomical, because Bornes will never suffer losses due to delays in delivery of produce to the marke. She will also increase her sales volume because she will be able to transport more goods to the market, hence increased income level. Bornes is a woman who is making a change for herself and for others in the community because she intends to employ someone who will be riding the motorbike and helping in farm work. With this loan, Bornes will improve her living conditions and assure her children and grandchildren to come of a secure future.