Jackline describes herself as a "teacher by talent, not by training." She single-handedly started the Jaombi Foundation School four years ago to give back to her community. As a young orphan, Jackline received a sponsorship for her education, a life-changing event she cites often as the source of her ambition. Wanting other orphaned and single-parent children to have access to an education just like she did, Jackline rented a small room and began to take on students. Today, the Jaombi Foundation employs seven teachers and has 155 students from ages 5 to 14.
In addition to being a teacher and school principal, Jackline is an advocate for the environment. She wants a Fresh Life toilet close by her school so the area will be cleaner and her students will live healthier lives.
Jackline hopes to expand the school to cater to more students, offer technical training beyond the secondary level, and offer a lunch program, since many of her students come to school hungry. Ultimately, Jackline would like to return to college to finally be "officially" trained as an educator - but Sanergy suspects she'll be the one teaching the course.
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Eight million people in Kenyan slums and 2.6 billion people worldwide lack access to hygienic sanitation. Sanergy aims to permanently reduce related disease in these areas by making sanitation accessible, affordable and sustainable. This social enterprise builds toilets under the “Fresh Life” brand, franchises them to local entrepreneurs, collects the waste and converts it into renewable energy and organic fertilizer.
Because Sanergy’s core business is not microfinance and its partnership with Kiva is unprecedented, these loans present some level of additional risk for lenders. Accordingly, we have not provided a risk rating for this partner.
This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.
Sanergy is a social enterprise that combines technology, entrepreneurialism and a unique business model to provide safe, accessible and affordable sanitation products and services to slum residents across Kenya. Sanergy uses the flexible, zero-interest capital provided by Kiva lenders to offer loans to its network of toilet operators. The funding covers the upfront costs of the toilet purchase, enabling operators to pay back the loan over time with the revenue generated by the toilet.