Green loans help Kenya’s small farmers and protect the environment

Guardian: Borrowing money did not come naturally to James Gachacha Chira. The 56-year-old, who farms a smallholding in the shadow of Kenya's Aberdare mountains, has a conservative streak that many farmers would recognise. Tales of bankrupted smallholders who lost their land to bad loans are common here, as are woeful stories of farmers swindled by corrupt co-operatives. "I was afraid of borrowing money as I heard that farms are repossessed when you can't pay," the father of six admits. "So I never used......

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