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Despite being orphaned at a young age, losing six of his seven siblings, and only having had seven years of schooling, Aaron has risen above his circumstances to become a well-respected and compassionate member of his community. Aaron has a family of five, a growing business, and supports ten orphans, providing them shelter in his native Uganda and helping them to attend school. Aaron hopes to better support his loved ones by buying and selling more improved firewood cookstoves which use 50% less firewood. These stoves save his customers money in reduced firewood needs or save them time in collecting firewood. They also reduce emissions of toxic gases which improve health outcomes in his community. With the help of a Kiva Loan, Aaron will be able to consolidate his business's product offerings while simultaneously generating needed income to send his children and dependents to school.

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More information about this loan

This loan product will enable UpEnergy’s micro-entrepreneurs, retailers, and distribution partners to take out inventory loans for up to 50 cookstoves at a time.  

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


About UpEnergy

UpEnergy delivers high quality clean energy appliances to customers in the developing world at affordable prices. Carbon credit revenues enable UpEnergy to sell high quality cookstoves at subsidized prices, making them a more affordable and attractive option for the people who need them most.

Kiva loans are used to help UpEnergy expand distribution of its cookstoves through community-based organizations and retailers in Uganda. With this flexible, zero-interest capital, UpEnergy extends in-kind loans to organizations to purchase inventory for distribution in rural areas.

About Uganda

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 145
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $32,003,575
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,593.0
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $375 helped Aaron to pay for improved firewood cook stoves.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
6 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
May 5, 2013
Apr 10, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 17, 2013