So far, Strapping Fellow has loaned $1,750 to entrepreneurs all over the wold through Kiva.
Miguel is a 47 year old man who works very hard to support his family, including four children. He makes a living selling bananas. He inherited this type of work from his parents, who were also involved in this trade. He carries out his work in the village where he lives. This type of business is very profitable and helps him to generate the economic resources he needs to take care of his family. He has been involved in this work for more than 30 years, and his children help him.
With this loan, he will buy land.
One of his main dreams is that in the future, his profits will help him to buy more land so that he can then pass these lands onto his children. You can read more about him on his Kiva profile.
Emily is a 45 year old mother of three from Kabiyet, a remote village in the Eldoret area of Kenya.
For the past 10 years, her primary sources of income have been crops and animal farming. Emily passionately loves farming and has even nicknamed one of her cows “Tuyai” (this is from a person’s name), and whenever she is milking her cow, she feels proud. She is content with the farming way of life.
Her biggest challenge in farming is irrigating her farm. She is requesting a loan to buy a generator that she will use in pumping water from the river to her farm. Irrigation is used to assist in the growing of agricultural crops, maintenance of landscapes, and re-vegetation of disturbed soils in dry areas and during periods of inadequate rainfall.
Through this loan, she will be able to double her crop production, and this will translate to more income. Through the extra income from farming, she will be able to support her family and keep up with her rising family expenses. You can read more about her on her Kiva profile.