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Mariam, 48, lives in Samburu, Kenya. She is married to Mwachende, who is a businessman, and they have five children, two of whom still attend school. She owns a house that has neither electricity nor piped water. Her greatest monthly expenses are food and school fees.

Mariam operates a food stall business, cooking food and selling to her neighbors and passersby. She faces the major challenges of stiff competition and the high cost of food for her business. She dreams of establishing a retail shop in the business.

With the 20,000 KES loan, she wants to purchase utensils, chairs and wheat flour, maize flour and cooking oil. She joined Yehu because it is responsive to customer needs.

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
  • 556
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $49,768,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 83.9
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $250 helped Mariam to purchase utensils, chairs and wheat flour, maize flour and cooking oil.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 3, 2013
Apr 20, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Apr 16, 2014