Total loan: $600


Kitale, Rift Valley, Kenya / Agriculture

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A loan helped to buy quality breeds of poultry.

Mercianah's story

Mercianah is 30 years old and a hard-worker. She is dedicated and responsible and knows how to use her skills as a farmer. A humble woman, Mercianah is creative and knows how to make the most of opportunities. She lives in Naitiri, a remote village in Kitale area of Kenya. She is happily married and is blessed with children.

Mercianah has been practicing mixed farming for the last six years and has gained much experience. To afford a decent and comfortable life for her children, Mercianah has been selling milk and a variety of food crops from her farmland. To make ends meet and make extra cash, Mercianah has been engaging in another small personal business.

The Kitale area is very populated so demand for poultry products and eggs is very high. Like many farmers from her region, she finds poultry farming very enjoyable. Mercianah stated that the most enjoyable part about poultry farming is “the increased profits I enjoy.” Her biggest challenge, however, is meeting the demand that is really high.

She lacks funds to increase her poultry farming so she is seeking a loan of KES 60,000 to buy poultry. Being a woman, accessing funds is very challenging, but through institutions such as Juhudi Kilimo and Kiva, Mercianah feels relieved knowing that her dream will be achieved, and she will be able to buy more poultry.

Through the loan, she will sell eggs and poultry products to her neighbors and to the local market, and this will translate to increased profit margins and an improved income level. Being a visionary woman, she intends to accumulate more profits and extend her poultry market to other markets. This will increase her income and improve her living conditions. The extra income she will get will be used to fully repay the loan, permanently changing her living conditions, and securing the future of her school-going children.