Susan's Story A Small Help Makes a Big Difference

Susan's Fruits and Vegetable Business

All About Susan: Susan is a 24 year old woman who has a fruit and vegetable business in Kenya. In order to keep affording to buy and sell these products, she needs a loan of $100. She already has $75 (75%) and only needs $25 more. If she gets the rest of the money donated to her, she will be able to provide for the rest of her three members of family by buying more fruits and vegetables for her business.$25 is so little just to help a family in much need.

This money will help Susan pay for stock for her fruit and vegetable business and the profit from the business will support her family and her family's health care and etc. Also this money will help her to pay for her family’s basic needs such as food, and clothing necessities. This money will mean so much for Susan and her family because by getting this loan from Kiva, she and her family has more of a chance to get out of poverty. If her business does well after using this money for goods, her business will not only provide for her and her own family, but it will provide for other people in her area with the nutritious choices she has.

Country: Kenya, the country where she lives in ranked 145 in poverty out of all the countries, compared to the United States which is ranked 8. This ranking is showing that Kenya really isn't a well developed country, therefore, the majority of the people who live there are in poverty. All of the global goals relate to this situation. They all include things that have to do with poverty which are things like good quality and education, clean water and sanitation, decent work, economic growth, and other valid choices. By helping Susan get this loan and get more materials for her business, this will not only help her and her family with food, but it will get her more money for her and to send their children to get education, and will eventually benefit all the people who are buying her products in Kenya.

---How The 5 P's of Poverty Effects Loaning Susan Money---


Place: The climate of Kenya changes from Tropical on the coast to arid inland this affects Kenya being in poverty because if there is farming then if the climate is changing, then it may be difficult to grow crops. If they can not grow crops and farm, then they won't have a lot of food to eat and they would be very hungry and not get the nutrients and energy they need. Also, for people like Susan who have a business like her fruits and vegetables business, then she will not make any money or a very low income because she won't be producing many fruits or vegetables. If Kenya was warm or a good climate for farming all year round, then it would be good but this affects them being in poverty because Susan won’t make money when she isn't selling because of the lack of crops. The natural resources of Kenya is limestone, Soda ash, salts, gemstones, Fluorspar, zinc, diatomite, gypsum, wildlife, hydropower. This affects why they are in poverty because if they had more natural resources that other countries don't have they would be able to trade more and make more profit from the natural resources they have. But they do have a good amount of resources so it is helping them stay a nation and make some trade with other countries, just not as much that they could make a large income on what they have.Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania are Kenya’s neighbors. This impacts their poverty because if they were closer to other countries with better resources then they could trade with them and get natural resources that they may need. Also, it affects their trade because if a nearby country didn't have the natural resources that Kenya had then they would be able to trade and Kenya could get a lot of profit and gain money from the resources they have and the neighbor countries don't have.


People: There are currently 45.5 million people living in Kenya. For being a developing nation, there are a big chance of a percentage of people who may be in poverty. In Kenya, 93 kids were born from more than 1000 girls age 15-19. If younger women have to care for her newborn children, it causes her to be less educated which will eventually be passed down to kids whose family can not afford to pay for their schooling. Life expectancy at birth is 61.6 years, deaths due to malaria out of 1,000 people is 49.6 people. These ages of deaths for people living in Kenya are very young which leads to more families having stress and other side effects by having family members dying. The years that are educated for education for the people in Kenya is 11 expected years of schooling, 72.2% 15 and up literacy rate, 67% secondary schooling. This amount of school and education is a lot less than the average number of people around the world. There is about 22% of people living in Kikuyu, 14% living in Luhya, 13% living in Luo, 12% living in Kalenjin, 11% living in Kamba, 6% living in Kisii, 6% living in Meru, and other Africans. Lastly, there are about 15% of non-African living in Asian, European, and 1% living in Arab. The languages that the people of Kenya usually speak is English, Kiswahili, and other indigenous languages. This shows some diversity between the people who live there.


Politics: Politics impacted Kenya's development because Kenya has a difficult time with rule of law and this can affect Kenya's government system, slowing down it's development. When elections come up in Kenya, there will be less time during the election for the current president to work on development. This can affect Susan too because then she won't get many sales on her stand, and that means she won't make money for her and her family. People in Kenya have riots sometimes because of bad decisions made by their leaders and Susan could get hurt in an riot or her stand could get broken and she wouldn't have the profit to fix it and live under the riots conditions. Politics affect Susan and Kenya's development because everything the government decides in affects what Susan can do and how her business goes.


Peace: Susan can have a difficult time because of previous wars with countries in Kenya. This can hurt her business because she won't get any sales since everybody is trying to support their families and the war(s) can leave Kenya in critical conditions. With Susan's loan she can afford to even help the soldiers possibly to feed them. Then when Susan's business helps out in Kenya, Kenya will grow stronger.


Past: The past was the most impacting factor of the 5 P’s of poverty and played a big role in Kenya being in poverty, also it showed how Susan can help, and why Susan is in poverty. Kenya was ruled by Britain until 1963. This can affect the circumstances in which Kenya has to develop under. Kenya is still a developing place to this day. Kenya is number 145 on the developing list of countries. These developing conditions and environment Kenyans have to live under hurt places that already struggle with growing and developing. Since Kenya struggled in the past, it was hard for them to develop and grow from their struggles that they started with. This impacted how they are in poverty now because once they were in poverty it was impossible for them to get out and to become a developed nation. We need this loan for Susan because then she can help herself, and the development of Kenya. By helping Susan, she can help Kenya. She can add to Kenya's development and further it's progress in development.

---Global Goals that Relate to Susan---

  • No poverty- If Susan gets this loan, she will get enough supplies for her business to grow and take her and her family out of poverty.
  • Zero hunger- The money that she gets will get her food material that will provide for her family, herself and the people around her who buys her products.
  • Good health and well being- By consuming these healthy foods, Susan and her a family will get the nutrition that they need to stay healthy.
  • Quality education- By getting this loan, Susan will earn more money from her growing business and will soon be able to afford for her children’s education.
  • Affordable and clean energy- By having Susan’s business grow, she will be able to afford more things like clean energy and other necessities.
  • Decent work and economic growth- The money that she earns from her business will help her get more profit from the sales that will occur.
  • Sustainable cities and communities- The more business that Susan collects, the more work that will be created around her.
  • Responsible consumption and production- Susan has to be responsible with the products that she buys and sells so that she can be successful in her market.
  • Climate action- In order to get the right fruits and vegetables for her sales, Susan has to be cautious with when and where she grows them.
  • Life on land- Going on with climate action, Susan has to be experienced with how to grow her products.
  • Partnership for the goals- Susan will have her friends and family support her with the decisions that she will have to make to keep her business going.


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---Most significant “P”---

Out of the 5 P’s of Poverty, the place affects Kenya being in poverty the most. This is for a few reasons. First, because Kenya is very low ranked out of the 195 countries and being a developing nation,it leads them to many issues, one being poverty. Also, the UN sustainable goals is another example of why they are a developing nation and in poverty. Because the goals are no poverty, good health and well being, quality education, etc. They lack many of these things leading to poverty. For instance, because Kenya may not grow a lot of food and they don't have the education to learn and get a well paying job, they don't have enough money to pay for other foods from around the world. Therefore, they may lack good health and well being. If the government of Kenya can't pay for schools, then the children can't get educated and have the knowledge to get jobs, they go into poverty. If Kenya and their government cannot provide a lot of jobs and a decent variety of jobs, the people will have low incomes. If there is a natural disaster causing damage like a flood, the farmers will lose their crops and lose so much money they made. If Kenya was a developed nation and had a strong government, they could prevent these issues from occurring and have a better system, this would save the people a lot of money that they could have lost. All of the 5 P’s of Poverty affected the people of Kenya being in poverty but most of all Kenya being a developing nation and not having everything necessary, the place affected Kenya the most.

---Picture Citation---

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