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Mbeyu is a single woman with six children, all of whom attend school. She owns a house that has piped water but no electricity, and her greatest monthly expenses are food and school fees.

For the past 10 years, Mbeyu has operated a food vending business, selling at the market and door to door to her neighbours. She faces the major challenge of competition from other food vendors in the market, and hopes to own a retail shop in the future.

Mbeyu decided to join Yehu to access loans to uplift her living standards, and is requesting a Kshs 30,000 loan to purchase building blocks for her house.

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 Housing Loans

Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 479
    View loans »
    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $50,344,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 82.8
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $375 helped Mbeyu to purchase building blocks.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Feb 23, 2011
Mar 3, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 15, 2012