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This Month Together We Seek empowered Women for Agriculture and Farming Businesses, selecting 5 women that needed $25-125 to reach the amount of their loan to get started!
Murhenis is 40 years-old and married with one daughter. Murhenis runs a grocery shop from home, selling snacks and various daily food items to earn money for her family. She has been in business for more than six years. It has been a great contribution to the life of her family, not only to their daily needs, but also to her child’s educational needs.
Maria Isabel is 50 years old and has four children. Maria Isabel is married and one of her children is currently in school. Maria Isabel is in the agricultural pig raising business in the Philippines.
Monica is a single mother of five. She operates a textile shop in Mbale, selling different kinds of textiles, African wear and fabrics.
Monica’s business is doing fair since she has variety of textiles. However, she is missing out on income from bulk buyers. She is therefore seeking a loan to buy more fabrics and textiles to sell to all calibers of customers.
Lilian runs a general store in the Philippines, and she has requested a PHP 22,000 loan through NWTF to buy items like canned goods and personal care products to sell in her general store.
Arlen runs a general store in the Philippines and requested a PHP 15,000 loan through NWTF to buy items to sell like canned goods, personal care products, sugar, soap, and snack foods. Arlen has been in this business for four years.
Pemala is an ever-smiling, hardworking and honest mother who is 31 years of age. She hails from the Bungoma area of Kenya. She is the proud mother of six lovely, school-going children. Her primary source of income has come from selling milk, crop farming, and poultry farming. Through these ventures she has been able to earn a decent income. She is a very determined and dedicated farmer who has farmed for over 10 years.
Jane, 31, is a businesswoman who sells cosmetics; her husband is a soldier. Together, they have been blessed with 2 children. With their income, they are able to support each other in taking care of the family.
Nidia is a very hardworking person who fights to be able to grow and improve herself, so that her loved ones lack nothing. She is content with the opportunity she is receiving with this loan, in order to invest in her business. She wants to buy construction materials to sell. This will allow her to continue with her sales.
Afua is married, 35 years old, and sells cement. She buys stock from a store and resells it in her area.
She is seeking a loan to buy enough tons of cement. She hopes to satisfy demand and save more.
I needed new tools, vehicles were breaking down. It was hard, I got behind in bills but my employees believed in my company and stuck by us. After the first hit by covid was over things picked up and I contacted builders we are now contracted with big builders in the Rochester, NY area to frame houses for them regularly. Then my crew all got covid again. We were shut down for a month. That hit hard again. We are back on our feet and at it.
Salbiah is forty-four years old and married with three daughters. Salbiah and her husband run a sewing business. One child is still in school. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their family is the implementation of a school from home that uses an online system. This arrangement has made it difficult for their child to access the course materials and send assignments to the teacher.
Tenneh runs a business where she sells vita, rice, washing soap, slippers, vegetable oil and other items. She has been in this business for the past 15 years and works 12 hours per day, 6 days a week.
Tenneh requested this loan from Brac to purchase more vita, rice, washing soap, slippers, vegetable oil and other items to sell and increase her business. She says that the extra income from this loan will help improve their standard of living. In the future she wants to increase her business. She says thanks and gives appreciation to Brac and the Kiva community for their support.
Mirna is a single mother. Mirna has worked selling vegetables and cashew seeds for six years. She sells vegetables from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and then she sells cashew seeds.
Mirna requests the loan to invest in the purchase of vegetables such chili, tomato, onion, cucumber, etc., to stock her business. Thus she will be able to meet the needs of her customers and to generate more profits. Mirna dreams of being able to strengthen her business and to make it grow, to generate more income. This will permit her to have a better quality of life and family stability.
Pamela, a 39 year old shopkeeper from Ngare-Ndare community. She is a member of Naibala women’s group that is under the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Pamela lives with her husband and their 3 children that are in school. She runs a shop which strategically located at her nearby shopping center. She will use her loan to rent a bigger shopping stall as an expansion plan for her business. Income earned from her business will enable her to build a permanent house and construct her own shop rather than rent.
Florencia is a 56-year-old married woman with four children. She has had a sinamay weaving business in the Philippines for the past five years.
Florencia has requested a loan to purchase items needed for weaving and in the future would like to save money to expand her business.
Geraldine works hard to support her family. She is single and has had a basket weaving business in the Philippines for five years now.
Geraldine requested a loan to buy additional materials needed in her business. In the future, Geraldine would like to save enough money so she can afford to send her children to college.
Angelina, a 47-year-old mom of two, is a woman who has only one thought in her mind, which is to work in order to move forward. She is a practical woman, hardworking, progressive, and honest farmer from a remote village in the Wote area of Kenya.
Funds from Kiva will be used to buy farm inputs like good fertilizer and good-quality seeds. She then intends to save more money in the future so that she can develop her farming. This loan will help Angelina to realize her dream of getting out of poverty.
Basilia is 30 years old, married, and has two children. Basilia is in the agricultural business raising pigs in the Philippines. Basilia requested a PHP 5,000 loan through NWTF to buy feed and other supplies to raise her pigs.
Basilia has been raising pigs for five years now and has borrowed in the past from NWTF to sustain it. In the future, Basilia would like to save enough to provide a secure future for her family.
Lilibeth is a married woman with four children. She is a very hardworking entrepreneur. Lilibeth is 58 years old. Lilibeth has a rag-making business in the Philippines.
She needs materials in her business such needles, etc. Lilibeth has been in this business for two years. In the future, Lilibeth would like to save enough to provide a secure future for her family.
Lecenia is 59 years old and married with three children. She is in the agricultural business, raising pigs in the Philippines. She requested a loan to buy feeds and other supplies to raise her pigs.
Lecenia has been raising pigs for 5 years now, and has borrowed 3 times in the past from NWTF to sustain her business. In the future, Lecenia would like to save enough to provide a secure future for her family.
Esther is 35 years old. She is married with three children below the age of 18 years. She has a crop farming business growing onions and potatoes.
She have been in this business for the last three years. On a monthly basis, she earns an average profit of KES. 10,000. She has applied for a KES. 31,350 loan with Vision Fund Kenya. She will be using the loan to buy farm inputs, such as fertilizer, and will use the anticipated profit to pay school fees for her children.
Nenita is 62 years old and has two children.
She is in the agricultural business of fattening pigs in the Philippines. Nenita requested a 15,000 PHP loan through NWTF to buy sacks of feed, piglets, and other supplies for raising her pigs. She has been in this business for 12 years now.
Mamerta is 66 years old and married with children.
She runs a vegetable vending business in the Philippines and requested a PHP 10,000 loan through NWTF to buy fruits and vegetables to sell on her food stall.
Patricia, from the Wote area of Kenya, is a mother with a good ability to balance parenting and farming. She is happily married and has always fought to care for her family as the key breadwinner. She will always do everything to prevent her children from going to bed hungry.
Patricia was not lucky enough to go to college or get professional training in agriculture, but through her knowledge and skills in farming, she is able to provide meals for her family. She has 10 years experience in farming.
Patricia has gained much experience, and all the farming techniques are at her fingertips. She practices mixed farming (dairy, animal and crop). With her profits, she has taken care of her family’s needs.
Patricia is requesting this loan to buy seeds, fertilizers and chemicals to improve the quality of her farming. She wants to take advantage of various conditions such as favorable weather patterns, a good road network in her village, good soil and a ready market for farm products to reap more profits. By the end of this year, she hopes she will escalate her earnings and operate at great heights in all aspects of her life.
Wonderful people, meet Susan, aged 65. She is a woman who has had to pass through a series of failures in her life but has overcome the ups and downs. Having been raised in a poor, rural home, she was never lucky enough to secure admission to a higher learning institution. However, she learned farming skills from her parents, and she is a animals and crop farmer.
Susan is requesting a loan to build modern animal and farm structures. Through the loan, her animals will have a good place to relax and never be affected by the harsh climatic conditions, and hence will improve their production.