Jane Francis is 50 years old and lives in the town of Buwama, Uganda. She has eight children, whose ages range from 11 to 32, as well as four grandchildren. Jane Francis is a widow and three of her children still live at home under her care.
In addition to being a Solar Sister entrepreneur, Jane Francis works as a farmer to earn a living. She raises pigs and cows and grows maize, cassava, beans, bananas, and sweet potatoes. Solar Sisters are female entrepreneurs who sell solar-powered lanterns and phone charging to their communities. With this Kiva loan, Jane Francis will purchase more solar inventory that she will then resell to her community.
Jane Francis loves being a Solar Sister because it helps her earn additional income to supplement her children's school fees. Her biggest motivations in selling solar lanterns are her own personal development and earning extra income. Jane Francis's biggest dream for the future is to build another home for her family.
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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.