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Ngorongo Group
In this Group: Beth Wanjiku , James Kahuta, Naomi Muthoni, Mercy Wanjiku, Charles Kinyanjui, Joyce Wanjiru, Rose Wanjiru, Beth , Esther Muthoni, Leah Wanjiku , Teresia
Ngorongo Group was formed in 2009 with the assistance of Visionary Empowerment Programme (VEP). The group was named after a big hill surrounding a dam that supplies water to Nairobi. In the early days of the group, the members started selling sweaters to their rural community.

The members also realized that there is potential to sell clean cookstoves, portable solar lanterns, and solar home systems. According to VEP's research, an average household of five members consumes approximately $2 of paraffin per day to light their homes. This fuel source is not only more expensive than solar lighting, but it is also polluting and unsafe. Another product offering, clean cookstoves, will reduce households' dependence on firewood by 50%. These products create savings for families, reduce negative environmental impacts, and empower the members of Ngorongo Group to earn a meaningful income.

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About Visionary Empowerment Programme

Visionary Empowerment Programme (VEP) is a nonprofit organization that empowers people to build their own enterprises through microfinance, training and other development services. In addition to providing loans to groups of borrowers, it works with established organizations to encourage installation of biogas digesters, solar energy products, clean cooking stoves and other technologies that reduce costs, poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 809
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $43,889,150
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 84.8
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Ngorongo Group's $5,625 loan helped a member to purchase solar lanterns, solar home systems, and clean cookstoves.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 25, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 19, 2013