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Saumu is a married woman with three school-going children. They live in a rental house that has electricity but no piped water. Her greatest monthly expenses are rent bills and food for the family.

For the past five years, Saumu has operated a food vending business, selling at the market, door to door and from home. Saumu faces the major challenges of high transport costs and theft due to the insecurity of her area of operation. She dreams of establishing a retail shop in the future.

With her 35,000 KES loan, she wants to purchase sacks of beans, wheat flour and potatoes. She decided to join Kiva partner, Yehu, to access loans to raise her living standards.

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
  • 835
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $46,969,425
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 84.1
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $425 helped Saumu to purchase sacks of beans, wheat flour and potatoes.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 25, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 16, 2012