J.d'amour is a 35-year-old man from Ngororero District in the Western Province of Rwanda. He started selling lights in September 2012 and has sold 20 lights to date, providing clean energy to 100 people. J.d'amour is also a farmer.
J.d'amour is requesting a 50 USD loan to purchase 10 rechargeable LED lights that he will resell to people in his village who are without electricity. Every week or so, these customers will return to him to have their lights recharged for just 20 cents. J.d'amour will use the profit from his loan to expand his other business to earn more money for himself, his wife, and their children.
About Nuru Energy
Nuru Energy is a for-profit corporation that encourages and provides renewable sources of energy in East Africa and India. The company’s POWERCycle generator supplies easy-to-use, off-grid re-charging for mobile phones and Nuru Energy’s portable modular LED lights, which can provide up to 10 days of light to rural households. Nuru distributes its lights through a network of village level entrepreneurs called VLEs. Each VLE sells lights to end consumers and can make additional income by offering recharging services with the Nuru POWERcycle.
Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to supply VLEs with lamps to sell in their communities. This Kiva loan will thus be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit. Kiva loans will be provided to Nuru VLEs at 0% interest, and each VLE will also be equipped with a POWERCycle to recharge lamps for customers on a regular basis.