Florence is 38 years old and lives in the town of Buwama, Uganda. She has two biological children and two other children who are under her care. In total, she has four children: two girls and two boys.
Florence plays many roles in her community. She runs a study center in the town of Buwama that teaches people basics in computing and typing services, and she is also a Solar Sister. Solar Sisters are female entrepreneurs who sell solar-powered lanterns and phone charging to their communities. With this Kiva loan, Florence will purchase more solar inventory that she will then resell to her community.
Florence loves being a Solar Sister because it helps her earn additional income. She uses the income she earns as a Solar Sister to supplement her children's school fees. The money also helps her to buy household items for the house like sugar, salt, etc.
Florence's biggest motivation in selling solar lanterns is seeing her community empowered. She has seen many accidents in her neighborhood that have been caused as a result of kerosene lanterns.
Her biggest dream is to build her own home and also start an entertainment business, using one of the bigger solar-powered kits that powers a 21-inch TV and radio.
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.