Henry lives in the Nkubu area of Kenya, which grows a lot of 'miraa', which can be chewed like tobacco. He has one child and has been doing this work for five years. His primary income sources are milk, eggs, crops, and transportation services.
He stated what is most enjoyable about farming: 'harvesting after hard work!' His biggest challenge is 'Poor weather conditions.' One of the animals in the farm is named 'Kairu.'
Henry was asked why he chose Juhudi Kilimo for this loan, to which he replied: 'Juhudi has the best products.' This client was also asked what was learned during Juhudi's required micro-finance training session: 'Micro-finance helps fight poverty.'
His highest monthly expense is farming costs. When asked 'How will this loan benefit your family?', Henry replied 'Improved feeding habits.'
As part of Juhudi's loan appraisal process, each borrower's assets are evaluated. Henry owns the following: 'cow, poultry, pump, bicycle' but does not own 'pig, motorcycle, automobile'. Juhudi Kilimo also tries to measure any change in living standards based on this loan. This borrower has in the household 'mosquito net, electricity, running water, TV, DVD' but does not have 'solar power, sewing machine'.
Note: To create this loan profile, Juhudi Kilimo used a mobile device to gather information in the field and send the data to a central online repository, thus reducing paper use, making the process more efficient, and keeping costs down.
To facilitate a partnership between Kiva and Juhudi Kilimo, K-Rep Group (Juhudi Kilimo’s 100% owner) has guaranteed Kiva funds in the event of institutional default. Lenders should be aware that the risk of borrower default remains borne by the lender.
About Juhudi Kilimo:
Juhudi Kilimo is a for-profit social enterprise working with small-holder farmers in Kenya to finance purchases of dairy cows, chickens, agricultural equipment, and other assets that create immediate cash flow. Many of the assets are insured to prevent devastating business losses, and targeted technical assistance is provided to farmers, from agricultural training to basic book keeping and local market research.