A loan of $8,125 helped to help cover costs for a degree in Business Information Technology.


Job's story

Job is an IT Manager at Juhudi Kilimo, an agricultural microfinance institution in Kenya, East Africa. He is requesting a loan form Kiva to pursue his undergraduate studies in Business Information Technology. He wants to pursue his degree because of his desire to keep abreast with emerging technological trends in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector. The reason he is seeking a loan to finance his studies is that his father is diabetic with high blood pressure and thus on full time medication, which he and his siblings pay for. He also has a wife who is unemployed and a son to care for. These family responsibilities reduce his income, and high interest rates make a loan in Kenya for his pursuit of higher education, prohibitive. A Kiva loan for his education will afford him the chance to keep learning and assisting in Juhudi's growth. Job joined Juhudi Kilimo in April 2010 as a Systems Administrator and he is one of three people who has been with the company from the start! Previously he was an IT Support Assistant with the K-Rep Development Agency. He had had internship experience before that, with AMTECH Technologies, Swedish Co-operative Centre –VI Agro forestry, and the Agricultural Development Corporation. He is passionate about Juhudi because of the innovative environment and also because the management and board are receptive to embracing emerging technological systems. He has been instrumental regarding systems support in the Juhudi offices and has played a significant role in systems upgrades. This includes the facilitation of continuous integration and maintenance of all business application systems like ERP, CRM, Cloud application systems, mobile phone application systems and other IT interventions. IT has been changing in Kenya – recently Juhudi migrated to a microfinance platform on SalesForce which will allow it to grow its portfolio of agriculture, livestock and transportation loans. Job's degree will give him the skills to provide ICT solutions for Juhudi's services as the company grows in the coming years, and will cascade to operational aspects of IT management.



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