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Sarah is a 52-year-old widow and mother of four children. She works as a Community Development Coordinator with the Luwero Diocese, helping people in her area to improve their health and well-being. She has been involved with Solar Sister for a couple of months. She uses her extra income from selling solar products to help her pay school fees and buy household items.

She likes being a Solar Sister, because it adds to her income and has helped her to minimize her own expenditures on fuel for lighting. Being a Solar Sister has also made many new friends for her, as there are currently eight other Solar Sister entrepreneurs in her district. Sarah's dreams for the future are that she will continue to earn money for her family, and that her children will be well-educated and healthy.

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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.

About Uganda

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 232
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $31,033,550
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,604.7
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $325 helped Sarah to purchase solar-powered lanterns to resell in her community.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 30, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Aug 17, 2014