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Juhudi Kilimo

Goal 2: End Hunger

2.3)   By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment

Joining Business Call to Action in 2011, Juhudi Kilimo provides asset financing and technical assistance to smallholder farmers throughout Kenya. Juhudi's initiative goals include expanding asset financing and technical assistance to rural farmers in order to reach 100,000 farmers by 2014, of whom over 50 per cent will be women, benefiting 500,000 rural Kenyans in all; and increasing the incomes of the farmers Juhudi supports by 50 per cent. Juhudi has raised over US $14 million in debt financing to make this possible. To date, Juhudi has provided 40, 000 loans that have allowed rural Kenyan farmers earning less than $2 a day to increase their incomes and productivity. In this same period, Juhudi has financed over 18,000 cows which have produced an estimated 61 million litres of milk worth $16.4 million in income for the farmers during their loan periods. Moreover, most of the assets provided by Juhudi's financing not only produce income, but provide supplemental food for family consumption, fertilizer and employment. In 2013, Juhudi financed 4, 231 cows that together produce on average 558,492 litres of milk per month. At an average price of 23 Kshs per litre, one cow will generate 3, 036 Kshs (US $33.884) in milk per month, some of which can be used at home and some of which can be sold. In addition, cow dung is used as fertilizer to enhance crop yields or stored to generate blogas for cooking fuel. As their businesses grow, smallholder farmers are able to provide employment to other community members as well.