Patrick was born in Amerikwa Village in Teso South. He is married and has a family. Patrick has been involved in a small-scale motorcycle business for four years in Busia town, close to the border between Kenya and Uganda. Patrick wants to own a motorcycle to support the community health work in his community and make a difference and expand his micro business as well. Patrick will link with a Community Health Worker (CHW) working in his community and will support the community health worker by providing transport on set days. This will give much-needed capacity to the CHW to be able to reach many more families during counseling appointments and health visits. Patrick hopes to recruit other members of his small business organization to join in supporting community health outreach programs in Teso community. Patrick will also use the income generated from his motorcycle taxi business to support his family. He hopes to become a CHW volunteer in his community.
About Motorbank Kenya:
Motorbank Kenya is a microfinance institution that helps motorcycle drivers in Kenya purchase their own bikes, enabling them to make more money and do good in their communities. It is the only organization that specializes in motorcycle loan plans that enable borrowers to make daily, weekly or monthly installment with a reasonable or no deposit option. In addition, the company offers training in entrepreneurship, safe driving, first aid and more.
Aiming to ease transportation challenges faced by health workers in Kenya, Motorbank has developed a loan product called BodAfya, offered to both Community Health Workers (CHWs) and motorcycle taxi drivers that commit to expanding community health outreach in remote areas where hospitals are not accessible due to poor infrastructure and long distances. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to decrease interest rates on this loan product and expand the program’s outreach in more rural communities.
Motorbank joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.