A loan of $275 helped to buy a large variety of vegetables.


Dora Okumu's story

Dora makes a living by selling small dried fish called omena. She also sells maize at her store in the market in Rongo, Kenya. She has been running this business for over forty-five years!

Dora is now 65 years old, and has been married for the whole time that she has had her business. Both of Dora’s children passed away, and now she is caring for the six grandchildren left behind. She pays their school fees, buys their clothes, and pays for all of their needs.

Dora says that the stock of her business is down and that she would like to boost her supply in order to get her profit levels up again. She wants to save some money every month so that she can have an emergency reserve.

The most important thing to Dora is to provide a good life for her grandchildren. She hopes that they are as smart and successful as their parents were before the passed away—one was a doctor and one was a teacher.



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