A loan of $1,175 helped to purchase a small vehicle to make medical visits.


Eric's story

Eric Y. is a 41-year-old married father of three children, aged 9, 7 and 5 years. He runs a medical clinic in Mwacho where he also lives. He provides natal care, curative care, family planning, immunizations, maternity services, counseling and PAK services. He is trained as a nurse/midwife and has a diploma in mental and psychological counseling. He also has been trained by K-MET to be a PAK practitoner. On average, Eric sees about 300 clients a month, most of whom are from in and around Mwacho – though some come from as far as 10 kilometres away. Most are farmers though a few are teachers or business people. His greatest challenge is collecting bills from those who come for treatment. There are few other places for them to go so he understands he may be the only one providing them medical treatment, so he often will give it at reduced cost or for free. Another challenge for Eric is reaching those on the distant ends of the area he serves. He has no car, so when a client needs a house call, it is often very difficult and expensive for him to reach the client. He is asking for 90,000 KES to help purchase a small vehicle. Note: Mr. Y.'s interview was taped prior to an informational meeting where he and other borrowers (all primary providers) were informed that the maximum amount they could receive for their first loan was 90,000 KES. Mr. Y. agreed that he would take 90,000 KES but the interviewer did not have time to re-tape the interview.



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