Betty is 29 years old. She is married and has five children. Their names are Praise (12 years old), Promise (10 years old), Porin (8 years old), Precious (4 years old) and Province (11 months old). Her husband builds village houses for a living.
Betty is a farmer and a Solar Sister. Solar Sisters are female entrepreneurs who sell solar energy products to their communities. As a Solar Sister, Betty has learned marketing and business skills.
Betty uses the money she earns as a Solar Sister to take care of her five children. She uses the money for school fees and providing meals for the family.
Her dream is to be a strong businesswoman and to make enough money to be able to educate all of her children. She also dreams of owning a big shop where she can sell many Solar Sister lanterns.
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.