Kivuko clinic staff report that most people who come to the clinic are subsistence farmers. This means that they grow what they need, but not significantly more than that. Due to their limited access to resources, they can hardly generate surpluses which they can sell, or they don't have access to agricultural markets. Consequently, this means that they have no possibilities for saving money.
The physician of the clinic and one of his patients
When these people come to the clinic, they are not turned away, because our firm belief is that everyone should have access to health care. In some of these cases, Kivuko partially covers the costs. In the case of small invoices, such as for medication, the patients also borrow money through the employees. This money is in most of the cases payed back, what contributes to a sustainable funding of the clinic.