Total loan: $1,425


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Kapsowar, Elgeyo-Marakwet County, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped To buy an electric posho (cornmeal) mill.

Mary's story

Hello lenders! Meet Mary, a very hardworking, energetic young farmer. Although she has only farmed for the past ten years, she is working hard and learning good farming practices. Through the profits she makes, she has been able to take care of her family and provide the basic needs for her parents. Mary lives near Kasubwa in the Kapsowar area of Kenya, an area with good weather patterns and favorable weather conditions that support farming. Maize is a very common crop in Kenya and is a staple food for many who regularly eat “ugali,“ or hard porridge cooked from maize. One can usually buy sifted maize flour in the market, but its cost is higher because of the processing. Flour can be less expensive, however, if it is milled directly using a posho mill. The Kasubwa area has only one diesel posho mill that serves a great number of people. The main problem here is that the posho mill keeps breaking down so farmers cannot grind their maize. Mary intends to change this by buying another posho mill to serve the area. She will buy an electric, rather than diesel, posho mill, as they are more reliable. Hopefully breakdowns will be few and far between. To accomplish this, Mary is applying for a 130,000 KES loan through Juhudi Kilimo to buy a mill. Profits derived from the mill will be used to comfortably repay the loan. In the next two years, Mary sees herself established and running more than one posho mill. She patiently waits for your kindness.