Juhudi Kilimo

Agricultural asset financing and training

Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya

www.juhudikilimo.com

About Juhudi Kilimo

Juhudi Kilimo provides rural smallholder farmers with a unique type of micro-asset financing to purchase agriculture assets such as dairy cows, poultry, greenhouses and biogas digesters.  These assets generate income for the farmers and also act as collateral for the loans. The asset financing allows Juhudi Kilimo to work in the poorest rural communities in Kenya where little business activity or collateral exists. The micro-asset loans dramatically improve both income and food security for the farmers. For example, a farmer can take a loan for a high-yield dairy cow which will generate enough milk in 12 months to pay for the cow, the interest on the loan, the training, and still leave the farmer with extra income and milk to benefit a family. Once the loan has been repaid the farmer will own the asset and after several loans they can build an entire asset base which can double and triple the farmer’s income.

As Juhudi Kilimo we have a common goal with B Corp. We want to share how social businesses are addressing major challenges and serving clients. The B Corp certification lets us tell a little of our story, be compared to other social businesses, and benefit from access to services that are normally only available to non-profits.

Juhudi maximizes the benefit of asset financing by providing both technical assistance and business training. Prior to each loan, officers visit the client's farm to perform a business assessment and advise on improvements. The first four meetings of a new group are then devoted to training clients on basic finance and business. After a loan is approved officers give continued support, working with partners and local government ministries to offer targeted technical assistance on assets. To best serve rural clients, Juhudi also uses mobile technology to collect payments and feedback and reduce the burden on clients and loan officers in these remote areas.

Since inception in 2009, Juhudi Kilimo has provided a total of 20,120 farmers with loans worth $11.7 million. The average on-time repayment rate over the last four years has stayed at 95%.  Juhudi Kilimo was recognized in 2011 at the World Economic Forum with the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award and then in 2012 by the Citi Foundation’s Microfinance Awards in Kenya.  In 2012 Juhudi Kilimo reached profitability with the support of its current investors and lenders such as the Acumen Fund, Grameen Foundation, Soros Economic Development Fund, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Kiva.

 

The Change We Seek®

Rural asset financing is an innovative approach to both poverty alleviation and food security in Kenya. It provides smallholder farmers with access to wealth-creating assets (such as cows or irrigation systems) that generate the income required to repay small loans and improve food yields on the farms. Asset financing differs from micro credit in that the loan is linked to a specific incoming-generating asset, as opposed to a general loan that could be used for consumption or emergency funding. Asset financing's cost-effective advantage over conventional loans enables Juhudi to offer its clients lower interest rates, staggered payments, and longer repayment periods that align with the client's sales performance.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

November 2011
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Governance

Governance

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Workers

Workers

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Community

Community

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Environment

Environment

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Overall B Score
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80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Environment: Uses systems to monitor and improve air quality at offices; Employs energy saving strategies at offices; Buildings have systems to increase water efficiency

Employees: Employees receive disability coverage, life insurance, dental insurance and retirement plans; Provides employees with skills-based training

2014 Best for the World Overall Honoree

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