Well, another month is quickly drawing to a close so it's time for another micro-loan donation on Kiva. A quick browse through the listings and this one jumped out at me.
A loan of $350 helps Salome to purchase an irrigation kit.
Meet Salome, a mother of 10 children, who has been farming for the last
40 years. She comes from Eldoret, home to many famous Kenyan marathon
runners. She makes money selling milk, eggs and vegetables from her
farm. Her real passion lies in horticulture despite the challenges she
faces with the high inputs involved.
Like typical smallholder farmers,
Salome cannot access formal financial solutions from the bank. She has
teamed up with a couple of local women to form and register a group that
might be recognized by some micro finance institutions. With an untamed
ambition and a clear path to success, Salome is seeking a loan to buy an
irrigation kit to water her vegetables.
The adoption of this kit will
ensure a constant provision of water for her plants, even during the dry
season. Crop yields are also expected to rise significantly, leading to
more income for Salome to cater to her home expenses. With your
support, Salome is going to grow into a formidable entrepreneur and
raise the living standards of her children.
At the time of this blog entry, Salome's loan has been 57% supported and has $150 USD funds to raise to completion.
If you would like to read the full details of Salome's story and
perhaps even add your support, you can read her Kiva loan request here.