Mrs. Mendbayar, 31, is a hairdresser. She started her business two years ago in some rental rooms. She lives with her husband and her son in a ger district, an area of the city with no running water, minimal roads, and spotty electricity in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. Her family owns a house, which she inherited from her parents, but it is old and uncomfortable to live in. Also, it emits heat through the walls and corners. It has become the main reason why she spends too much for coal and other fuels. So, that is why she wants to repair her house walls by installing insulation. She needs some building materials such as bricks, cement, rock, wool and other insulation materials. Although Mongolia has the lowest population density in the world, it is one of the most polluted countries in the world. This is due to the long and cold winters where temperatures frequently go below -40C, even in the cities. Also, in the summer, many parts of the country are extremely cold and are known to have snow storms. Both homes and nomadic tents burn a lot of fuel and emit huge amounts of pollution every night from families just trying to stay warm. In addition, the extremely toxic smoke from cars is one of the main reasons Mongolia has so much air pollution. In response to this, Credit Mongol offers Green Loans to their clients to make home improvements that reduce heat loss, improve heating systems, and buy cars that run on natural gas. We believe that together we can decrease pollution and the harmful effects it has on the environment and Mongolians' health. The loan she is taking out will be used to buy materials for her house's wall insulation.
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This loan is part of Credit Mongol's green loan program, which helps clients to gain access to electricity through solar panel kits, as well as other products for improving their heating and ventilation systems, reducing pollution and health problems caused by burning fuel.
About Credit Mongol
Credit Mongol is the largest non-banking financial institution (NBFI) in Mongolia. Its mission is to contribute to the prosperity of Mongolians by providing high-quality, affordable and varied financial services to micro-entrepreneurs and small-to-medium-sized businesses. It prioritizes serving remote, rural populations that have typically lacked access to credit and other financial services. Uniquely, it offers solar panel loans to nomadic herders, most of whom live without electricity.
About Housing Loans
Many poor families cannot afford housing that meets their needs. When you make a housing loan on Kiva, you give people access to flexible capital to obtain or improve their homes. Better housing means better health, sanitation, and even educational outcomes for children. A house can also be much more for entrepreneurs who run businesses out of their homes. In this way, housing and small business loans on Kiva share a common purpose: to alleviate poverty and enable families to enjoy more stable lives.