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Mwanaisha is a married woman with two children who both attend school. Her husband is a driver and he supports his family financially. She has been operating her business of selling kikoi (a cotton fabric worn as a wrap) and window curtains for the last four years, selling from door to door to her neighbors.

Previously she was selling raw potatoes. With the 40,000 Kenyan shillings (KES) she wants to purchase a bundle of kikois. She faces the major challenge of high competition from her immediate neighbors also doing the same business. She hopes that someday she will open a retail shop and supply to a larger market.

Mwanaisha rents a house with electricity and piped water. She decided to join because of its good reputation from the society. Her monthly expenses are school fees and electricity.

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
  • 546
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $49,761,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 81.4
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Mwanaisha to purchase a bundle of kikoi's for sale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Jul 5, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 16, 2011