Bendera is a married woman with four girls and a boy, aged between six and 18 years, all of whom attend school. She owns a house that has electricity and piped water. Bendera’s greatest monthly expenses are food and clothing for her children.
She has operated her charcoal sale business for over one year, selling from home to her neighbours and passersby. In addition she sells fresh tap water contributing to her other source of income. Bendera faces the major challenge of transportation and seasonality in her business. During the rainy winter season, the supply of charcoal is lower than the demand hence the low sales volume unlike the hot summer season when supply is higher than the demand. She hopes to purchase her own plot in the future.
With the Kshs 80,000 she wants to purchase sacks of charcoal. Her main aim of working with Yehu is to get loans to improve her standard of living.
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.