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Carren Cherotich is from Kenya. She needs a loan of $125 to buy farm materials like maize seeds, tools, and paying workers during the planting season.
Carren Kirui is from Mogondo, Kenya. She has two children.
Carren lacks the finances needed to support her business. This is one of the greatest challenge Carren faces as she is unable to buy the seed and other things she needs in time for planting season.
She hopes to use the loan she receives to buy farm materials like maize seeds, tools, and to pay workers to help her during the planting season.
With the donors help, Carren will be able to plant, harvest, and earn the income necessary for her family's basic needs, like school fees for her children. She hopes to create employment opportunities in her community and hopes that her venture helps others.
The Agriculture business sector covers all farming and livestock activities. Some entrepreneurs request loans to help in securing supplies and equipment. Others want to buy more animals to breed or purchase feed and medicines. The majority of our loan clients live in rural communities where agriculture is already understood as a business model. It is for this reason that approximately 50% of our loans are in the agricultural sector.
Kirindon is located in the southern part of Kenya, approximately 250 miles west of Nairobi. The region has an estimated population of 56,200 people. Agriculture and cattle rearing are the two main economic activities—approximately 65 percent of the land is communally owned.
The AIDS pandemic has heavily affected Kenyans who inhabit Kirindon. The HIV prevalence rate in the community is nearly 15 percent whereas it is only 6.1 percent in the rest of Kenya. Children are most affected, many dropping out of school to care for younger siblings or sick parents. Some resort to exploiting child labor to provide household income.
An impoverished community, Kirindon has been severely lacking in access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation. World Vision has focused on water, sanitation and hygiene projects. There is now increased access to clean, sustainable water; latrines with hand-washing facilities; and trainings on good hygiene practices and water resource management. Access to clean water has improved school attendance since children do not have to go far to collect water. And villagers have more time to be with their families and attend church services.
Other accomplishments include constructing and equipping classrooms, distributing mosquito nets to children, providing medical check-ups for children, and supporting orphaned and vulnerable children with school uniforms, vocational training, and life skills training.
Carren used the loan she received to purchase seeds and pay for labor. She was able to plant on time. She expects to have a bumper harvest season.
Carren says, "Asante sana" meaning thank you very much. She is repaying her loan on schedule. Thank you for supporting Carren and World Vision Micro!
Carren had a good harvest as she had anticipated. The profit's she received from her sales were high. Her family is happy. They can now live comfortably as most needs are met. She hopes to also start a business selling livestock trading in the future.
Carren is very grateful for the donors help. She paid her loan fully. These loan funds are now available to go towards helping another worthy entrepreneur in her community. Thank you for supporting Carren and World Visin Micro!