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Catherine is 33 years old. She is married and has two daughters. Their names are Fortunate (3 years old) and Abigail (5 months old). Her husband is currently enrolled in an adult education course.

Catherine is a full-time teacher and a Solar Sister. Solar Sisters are female entrepreneurs who sell solar energy products to their communities. As a Solar
Sister, Catherine had learned marketing and business skills. She also enjoys being a Solar Sister because it has helped her make new friends.

With the income she earns as a Solar Sister, Catherine helps to purchase school supplies for her children and also contributes to the purchase of scholastic materials for her husband’s education course. She was also able to save money and purchase a freezer so that she can make ice cream treats for her pupils.

Catherine dreams of becoming one of the best teachers in the world. She also dreams of having a nice house and a successful solar sales operation, and would like to see her children receive a good education.

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More information about this loan

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit

About Solar Sister

Solar Sister is a nonprofit organization that distributes clean, affordable solar technology while empowering women with economic opportunity. The organization sells a variety of solar products through a growing sales network of local women. It provides each of them with a “business in a bag” containing approximately ten products to be sold at a profit. Saleswomen repay Solar Sister for this initial inventory on a monthly basis.

Kiva loans are used to fund these upfront inventory kits, allowing Solar Sister to invest more of its revenue in growth. During the course of this loan, this Solar Sister Entrepreneur will sell the inventory she purchases with these funds, repay Solar Sister, and access more product. Borrowers that are reliable saleswomen may leverage these loan funds multiple times during the course of this loan.

About Uganda

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 193
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $31,346,400
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,690.0
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $300 helped Catherine to purchase solar-powered lanterns to sell in her community.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Nov 21, 2012
Dec 9, 2012
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jan 7, 2014