A loan of $9,850 helped to pay for the costs associated with a Masters in Business Administration.


Benjamin's story

Benjamin is seeking a loan to pay for the costs associated with a Masters in Business Administration. This is his story: “My name is Benjamin and am currently the Chief Operations Officer of Juhudi Kilimo, an Agricultural Microfinance Institution in Kenya. I am requesting a Kiva loan to enable me pursue my MBA studies. This course will equip me with the knowledge and practical managerial approach that I can put into action and positively impact the organization. This will allow me to have a greater impact on our farmers and transform their livelihoods and that of the communities we work in. This promise I hope to deliver. I grew through the ranks to where I am now through hard work and by being passionate about small scale farmers and serving them diligently. I started as a Credit officer, then senior officer and Regional manager before getting the opportunity to head the operations at Juhudi. Juhudi Kilimo gives me great satisfaction, and I have never been as happy as now because every day I get to see the impact our loans have in transforming our farmers lives. After high school I engaged in small businesses like selling vegetables, mending shoes and other menial jobs to raise enough capital to start a barbers shop. My parents didn't have the means to send me to college so I used the income from my barbers shop to join my Diploma course. This certificate helped me get my first Job in Microfinance. I have since completed my Bachelors Degree in business administration, albeit with struggle as I still support my other siblings and aging parents. Being the head of operations I am charged with the greater responsibility of ensuring business growth quality service to our farmers.There is need for me to upgrade my skills in leadership, operations and strategic management so as to be more effective in driving Juhudi strategy to reach 160,000 farmers with life transforming loans by 2016. This promise I will deliver to our farmers , and continue to transform their lives with your support.”



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