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Benson is a youth living in Sinai, a part of Mukuru's informal settlements in Nairobi. He has a passion for business, and desires to endeavour in this area which is turning out to be explored by more youth in the country today.

He currently owns an m-pesa shop, which is a mobile money service. He recently learned about the Fresh Life Initiative, and thought of it as a good investment opportunity. However, he has not been able to raise enough capital to start the venture.

He therefore seeks funding to purchase and run two Fresh Life toilets.

He aims to use the profits that the business will generate to expand and be a part of the solution to the problem posed by poor sanitation.

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More information about this loan

Through a partnership with the Foward Foundation, Sanergy is empowering 40 unemployed youth aged 18-25 in the Mukuru informal settlement run their own businesses. After attending an extended training, young entrepreneurs will be able to purchase Fresh Life toilets at a reduced price.

About Sanergy

Sanergy is a social enterprise that combines technology, entrepreneurialism and a unique business model to provide safe, accessible and affordable sanitation products and services to slum residents across Kenya. Sanergy uses the flexible, zero-interest capital provided by Kiva lenders to offer loans to its network of toilet operators. The funding covers the upfront costs of the toilet purchase, enabling operators to pay back the loan over time with the revenue generated by the toilet.


About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 732
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $43,743,075
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 86.4
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Benson to purchase and run two Fresh Life toilets.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 26, 2013
Nov 26, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 21, 2015