A loan of $700 helped purchase stock of drugs for her community pharmacy.


Pamela's story

Pamela O. is a very active 40 year old member of her community. She has lived in one of the slums of Kisumu in Kenya for the past fifteen years. In 1997, she was trained by KMET in home-based care for people living with HIV/AIDS, TB ambassadorship, and community-based distribution of oral contraceptives.

Pamela is very well-known within her community for her compassionate work. Her main business and source of income, however, is a community pharmacy that she's managed for the past fourteen years. Given her reputation and the location of her pharmacy within her community, her business has flourished. The most commonly purchased drugs are those to treat malaria, diarrhea, asthma, and upper respiratory infections. Pamela credits her success to hard work and the assistance she has received from KMET through three previous microfinance loans. She plans to use the funds from her next loan of $700.00 to purchase stock of drugs in bulk.

Disclaimer: Due to recent events in Kenya, the security situation in many communities remains unsettled, affecting many local businesses. Lenders to this entrepreneur should be aware that this loan may represent a higher default risk, and should be willing to accept this additional risk in making their loan.



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