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Maria is a married woman with three children who all attend school. Her husband is a primary school teacher and he contributes to the family's basic needs. She has been operating her retail shop for the past ten years and sells to the entire local community. She also runs a video show and cultivates plants as other sources of income.

With the Kshs 50,000 she wants to purchase stock (two 50kg sacks of sugar, rice and cooking flour); to purchase bulbs, wiring cables and sockets; and to pay a deposit of Kshs 35,000 to the Kenya power and lighting company.

Maria's major challenge is seasonality. In particular, sales are low during the months of January and February. She hopes to have a wholesale business in the future and to increase profits. She decided to join Yehu to get a loan for her business operations. She cited food as her greatest monthly expenses.

Additional Information

About Yehu Microfinance Trust

This loan is administered by Yehu Microfinance Trust, which was founded in 1998 as a project of CHOICE Humanitarian Kenya. In July 2007, Yehu became a separate entity from CHOICE and was registered as a trust. Since then, Yehu has expanded to cover over half of Kenya’s 13 coastal districts.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 531
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $49,761,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 80.9
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $625 helped Maria to purchase stock for her store and other items for her video business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 24, 2010
Jun 23, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 24, 2011