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Mlongo is a married woman with three children, one of whom attends school while the other two are still young for school. She owns a house that neither has electricity nor piped water. Her greatest monthly expense is food for the family.

For the past year, she has operated a charcoal selling business, where she sells at the market to her neighbors and passersby. Mlongo faces a major challenge of seasonality. During the rainy season the availability of charcoal for sale is lower compared to the hot dry season where the availability of charcoal is higher.

With the Kshs 30,000 she wants to purchase sacks of charcoal for resale. 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
  • 370
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $50,286,600
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 86.4
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $350 helped Mlongo to purchase sacks of charcoal for resale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 6, 2011
May 30, 2011
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2011