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Simiyu
Hello! Meet Simiyu, a farmer based in Kitale. Kitale is an agricultural town which lies in the northern part of the Kenyan Rift Valley. For the last five years, he has been selling milk, eggs and maize produced on his farm to raise his four children. He also offers transportation services on his motorcycle among other personal businesses to make ends meet.

Simiyu's hobby is looking after his cows! His biggest challenge is prevalent diseases that keep attacking his animals. A man as passionate as Simiyu obviously refers to his animals by names: Jembulie is his most productive and by extension favourite cow.

Today, however, Simiyu is looking at something different - a greenhouse. After spending five years in the field, he knows exactly how important diversifying is. Most farmers in Kitale practice organic farming. The problem is they usually run out of supplies during dry season leading to shortage in the market.

Simiyu is seeking a loan to construct a greenhouse. This is going to ensure that Simiyu will supply fresh vegetables and fruits all year round. Due to the controlled environment the plants grow in, Simiyu is bound to make good harvests at small, regular intervals. His increased income will enable him to comfortably pay school fees for his children. He also plans to improve his farming.

Additional Information

More information about this loan

Juhudi Kilimo works 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. This loan will provide an income generating agricultural activity for small-holder farmers to improve their standard of living.

Important Information

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.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 548
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $49,761,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 87.1
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $700 helped Simiyu to construct a greenhouse.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
20 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Apr 14, 2014
Listed
May 9, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible
Ended:
Mar 17, 2016