Robert lives in the Litein area of Kenya. He has four children, and has been doing this work for seven years. His primary income sources are milk, eggs and tea.
He stated that selling tea is the most enjoyable thing about farming, and that his biggest challenge is the drought season. Animals on the farm have been given the name "Kaplelach."
Robert was asked why he chose Juhudi Kilimo for this loan, to which he replied, "Good interest rates." This client was also asked what was learned during Juhudi's required micro-finance training session. 'It gives loans," he said.
His highest monthly expense is school fees. When asked how this loan will benefit his family, Robert replied, "It will increase income.'
As part of Juhudi's loan appraisal process, each borrower's assets are evaluated. Robert owns a cow, poultry and a bicycle, but does not own a pig, a pump, a motorcycle or an automobile. Juhudi Kilimo also tries to measure any change in living standards based on this loan. This borrower has in the household a mosquito net, but does not have electricity, solar power, running water, a sewing machine, a TV or a DVD.
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.