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Dama is married and has nine children. Four go to school and the rest are adults. She lives at her own house that has neither electricity nor piped water. Her greatest monthly expenses are food and school fees.

For the past three years, she has operated a food selling business. She prepares food such as flat bread, dumplings, beans, rice and she sells to her neighbors and passersby. She cites seasonality as her major challenge. She dreams of expanding and establishing a restaurant in the future.

With the 25,000 Kenyan Shillings, she wants to purchase cooking oil, rice, beans and wheat flour. She decided to join Kiva's lending partner Yehu Microfinance Trust to access loans to boost her business.

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
  • 391
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $50,248,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 87.6
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Dama to purchase cooking oil, rice, beans, and wheat flour.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Aug 8, 2013
Sep 2, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2014