Total loan: $1,350


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Kitale, Rift Valley, Kenya / Transportation

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A loan helped to buy a motorbike.

Mary's story

Mary is 53 years old. She is an honest, sensible, charismatic, and hard-working woman. She is a wise farmer who is respected by her neighbors and fellow farmers as a mentor. She farms a small plot of land in the green, lush hills of Kitale, which is in the Rift Valley region of Kenya.

Mary is happily married and is blessed with a lovely family. For the past 15 years, she has been involved in mixed farming, growing maize and vegetables. She also has dairy cows. Mary has been able to provide nutritious food for her family. She earns profits selling a variety of food crops, but she is faced with the challenge of delivering the produce in a timely manner to the market. This challenge has not discouraged her. She states: “I have to do something for my family."

She requested a loan from Juhudi Kilimo via Kiva lenders to buy a motorbike. Mary is from a remote village that has poor roads and transporting her produce to the market has been a challenge. She has suffered many losses of perishable products (milk, vegetables, and tomatoes) that require timely delivery to the market. This loan will help Mary to achieve her dream and reach her goals.

The benefits of this loan are astronomical because Mary will never suffer losses due to delays in delivering produce to the market. She will increase her sales volume because she will be able to transport more goods to the market. Her income will increase.

Mary is making a change for herself and for others in the community because she intends to employ someone to ride the motorbike and help with farm work. Mary will use the loan to improve her living conditions and assure her children of a secure future.