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Sofia is a married woman with four children, all of whom attend school. She lives in a rental house that has electricity but no piped water. Her greatest monthly expense is food for the family.

For the past 10 years, she has operated a charcoal selling business. She sells from door to door to her neighbors and passersby. In addition, she also sells Lesos (sarongs), which contributes to her other source of income. Sofia faces a major challenge of competition from other charcoal sellers in the market. She dreams of expanding her business and having a wholesale shop in the future.

With the Kshs 20,000 she is requesting, she wants to purchase 10 sacks of charcoal and bundles of Lesos (Kikois) to sell. She decided to join Yehu to access loans to boost her business.

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
  • 1034
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $47,167,325
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 83.2
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $250 helped Sofia to purchase charcoal and bundles of sarongs called Lesos (Kikois).
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 1, 2011
May 3, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 16, 2012