Business: Small holder dairy farmer
Location: Makutano, Kitale
Years in Operation: 6 Years
Amount needed: $800
In Kenya, approximately one million rural households depend on dairy and dairy related products for their livelihoods as small holder dairy farmers. Dorrice Sharimba has been keeping dairy cattle for the last six years. She is passionate about dairy farming and believes it will lift her to higher economic ground. The hardworking mother of three chose zero-grazing to reduce the pressure on her small parcel of land so that she could also practice maize farming.
She currently has two dairy cattle which she nurtures through proper feeding and treating to ensure optimal production of milk. She grows her own feeds: nappier grass and maize which gives her enough quality food for her cattle. The sizeable shillings she is milking from her cows enable her to meet the daily needs of her family.
Dorrice is seeking a development loan of $800 from MHML. She would like to construct a house for her family to move into. Her dairy business cannot provide this much all at once but she can slowly repay her loan from the proceeds of selling the milk. Dorrice sells milk to her neighbors, milk vendors, as well as middle men at her farm gate.
If she solely relies on her savings she says, it will take her a very long time to give her children decent housing. In addition, it will lead to a thorough financial strain to pay their school fees and provide their basic needs. However, with MHML’s affordable credit she will easily give her children a comfortable home and life!