A loan of $1,000 helped to purchase a dairy cow.

Elijah's story

Elijah is 43 years old and a married father of five children between the ages of 2½ and 14, four of whom are attending school. Elijah, who has a mixed farm in the town of Litein in Rift Valley Kenya, has been farming for the last nine years and employs two farmhands. His main products are milk, cabbage, beans and tea, all of which he sells to the local market. He depends on the income from his farming to provide for the basic needs of his family.

Elijah has requested this loan from Juhudi Kilimo of 80,000 Kenyan Shillings to purchase a dairy cow. He says that the income from this loan will help improve the livelihood of his family, enable him to pay school fees for his children and provide for their basic needs. In five years' time, he hopes to expand his dairy farming by increasing his number of dairy cows, buying a piece of land upon which he will plant nappier grass, and purchasing other required farming machines.

His primary challenges are an inadequate market for milk, diseases, and insufficient dairy feeds.

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