A loan of $800 helped to purchase assorted stock for a general store, including maize and wheat flour, rice, sugar, snacks, sodas, detergents, and cooking oil.

Louise Njambi's story

Louise Njambi Ndung’u is 39 years old. She is married with four children. Louise lives in South C Estate, Nairobi, where she operates a small shop. Apart from her family, Louise takes care of an aged parent who lives in the rural area of Kikuyu town. On a sad note, Louise’s brother and his wife passed away last year and left behind three children, whom Louise is now taking care of. The children are aged 15, 12, and 8. Because of this big responsibility, Louise has to work twice as hard so that her dependents have enough for their upkeep.

Louise opened her shop in 1980 after saving about US $147, and her husband gave her an additional $75 to help her with the initial capital. She has since repaid the loan from her husband. The business has been doing well, but the price of commodities has increased, and Louise would also like to add stock so that she can provide her customers a greater variety of goods.

Louise is therefore requesting a loan of US $800. With this loan, Louise will be able to purchase flour (maize and wheat), rice, sugar, snacks, sodas, detergents, cooking oil, and more. This will boost her income, since more customers will be flocking to her shop. The repayment period for this loan is 10 months. She thanks Kiva lenders in advance.

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