Mr Wahyu lives in Kuala Kapuas, in the middle of the huge, rainforest covered island of Borneo in Indonesia. Even though there are many large rivers in Borneo the situation is very much as in Samual Taylor Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner : “Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.”
As Wahyu says it: “The people in my area need water that is clean and healthy. The river water here is of very bad quality. The water from the water company is also turbid, so that most people buy their water in large 19 liter bottles. This water also originates from the city water company. “
Wahyu has been selling Nazava water filters for half a year now and he is has been very successful. “I started this business by introducing and promoting the filters to co-workers, neighbors and people I know. Then their response was very good. My first and second order of Nazava water filters were sold out immediately, there were even some people pre-ordering. “, Wahyu adds.
Wahyu is very optimistic about his business: “Prospects are very good for the Nazava water filter because the product is simple, cheap and easy and competition from other products is still very small and other products are more expensive. I believe based on my experience, that the product is needed by the community. I therefore wish to maximize sales distribution more broadly in order to encompass Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan.
I am very eager to fulfill the water filter market in South Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan that is still wide open, I will take advantage of the local print media, local TV, Internet networks and using "Mouth to Mouth" promotion.”
With this loan Wahyu can buy up to 100 filters which help htem provide safe drinking water to around 500 people.
About Nazava Water Filters
Nazava Water Filters is a for-profit social enterprise that sells affordable and safe household water filters in Indonesia. Kiva loans will enable resellers to purchase more goods at one time so that they can scale faster and save on shipping costs. This lowers filter prices for end users and optimizes income for resellers, who receive loans at 0% interest and can choose whether to repay on a weekly, bi-monthly or monthly basis.
Nazava Water Filters joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.