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Mary is a married woman with five children, all of whom attend school. She owns a house that has neither electricity nor piped water. Her greatest monthly expense is school fees for her children.

She has operated her charcoal selling business for over five years, neighbors and passersby being her potential customers. She faces the challenges of high transport cost and government forest conservation policies. She hopes to own a matatu (fourteen passenger van) in the future.

Mary decided to join Yehu because of its simple procedures and minimal collateral. With the 40,000 KES she wants to purchase sacks of charcoal for resale.

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
  • 558
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $49,708,225
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 80.8
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $500 helped Mary to purchase sacks of charcoal for resale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 8, 2010
Oct 27, 2010
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 15, 2011