Our Twentieth Kiva Diva: Siliviah in Kenya (October 2015)

Our Twentieth Kiva Entrepreneur - Siliviah in Kitale, Kenya - October 2015

Kiva is a crowd-funding site supporting entrepreneurs in developing countries. Through the Estrogen Army project we will be investing in women who would otherwise have a difficult time accessing traditional loans to fund their own adventures.




Today we’re celebrating our twentieth “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship!

This month we celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada so we’re sponsoring a second Kiva entrepreneur. Our “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” team is helping Siliviah put food on her own family’s table by expanding her dairy operation in Kitale, Kenya.


This month we celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada so we’re sponsoring a second Kiva entrepreneur. Our “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” team is helping Siliviah put food on her own family’s table by expanding her dairy operation in Kitale, Kenya.

Siliviah lives in a humble home in the town of Kitale, along with her husband and their two children. She has always strived to give them a decent life and a good education. Siliviah works with a great deal of determination, for many hours, on her farm, all to bring decent food to her home and be her family’s support. She has been practicing mixed farming for the past 10 years. On her farm, she grows maize and keeps a dairy cow and poultry. She sells milk, eggs and maize.

Farming gives her a great sense of satisfaction despite the low earnings. Siliviah said, “I enjoy it most when I see customers come back for my products because it shows me that I am meeting their needs!” Her biggest challenge, however, is drought. The long dry season can lead to crop failures and poor yields. To a farmer, this means business losses and lack of food for the family.

Siliviah needed capital to buy another dairy cow and is planning to become a full-fledged dairy farmer. Her future plan is to construct a zero-grazing unit. That way, she can use the grazing field to plant fodder and prepare silage.

Siliviah dreams of a good life and being able to offer a good education for her children, because she wants to see them become professionals and successful people.

With our second October “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship we hope to help Siliviah make that happen.


She still needs a little more help!

https://www.kiva.org/lend/958022


Want to help us create a little more uplift for women?

We welcome you to join our lending team at Kiva …

http://kiva.org/invitedto/estrogenarmy/by/estrogenarmy

If you’d like to assist Siliviah (or another hard working Kiva entrepreneur) and have your loan counted as part of our “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva lending team, you can indicate that at the time of your loan, or can even set us as your default lending team here:

http://kiva.org/teams/my-teams

When you click the link you will see “Lending Teams I Belong To” part way down, and a pull-down menu below that allowing you to set your preferred team.

If you’re not a Kiva lender yet, you can invest in entrepreneurs in developing countries for as little as $25. Click the link below for an invitation:

http://kiva.org/invitedto/estrogenarmy/by/estrogenarmy

Thanks a bunch for giving us a hand in giving others a hand up!

Namaste,

 

Sue

 

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