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Juabar
Juabar
Juabar
Juabar is a social enterprise that operates 22 electricity kiosks in rural Tanzania. These mobile kiosks can provide solar-powered recharging services to the 65% of the population who own and regularly uses mobile phones, but who live miles from the electricity grid.

Each kiosk is operated by a local "Juapreneur". These entrepreneurs provide a critical service to their local villages and towns, recharging cellphones, and recharging and selling solar lanterns, radios, and other electrical devices. These are towns hours away from the electrical grid. Without Juabar in town, recharging can be expensive and inconsistent. Locals either have to track down someone with a big battery, that was recharged in the city, or lend their phone to someone heading to the city. With Juabar, this weekly chore is less expensive, far less time consuming, and consistently available.

Juabar provides the kiosk and training, and the Juapreneur pays a monthly fee for the use of the equipment and ongoing support. The loan will provide sufficient funding to add another 5 kiosks. Repayments will come directly from the monthly fees, and secured by the other 22 kiosks currently deployed.

Juabar is a revenue-generating social enterprise, with a proven business model, a high demand from new entrepreneurs who want to open new Juabars, and an opportunity in Tanzania alone to reach over 20 million people with phones but no access to the electric grid.

More details at juabar.com

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Fledge is a US-based, for-profit social enterprise that incubates and accelerates companies with a social impact element that work domestically and abroad.

Kiva will help Fledge entrepreneurs push through the pioneer gap -- where they have proven a demand for their product or service, but lack the funding required to reach sufficient customers to either get to a profitability directly or interest impact investors.

All of Fledge's entrepreneurs are both social mission-driven and aiming for profitable operations -- with the mission embedded within the product or service.
 

About Fledge:

Fledge is a U.S.-based, for-profit social enterprise that incubates companies with a social impact element that work domestically and abroad.

All ‘fledgling’ companies are both social mission-driven and aiming for profitable operations -- with the mission embedded within the product or service.

Funding on Kiva will help Fledge fulfill its mission by helping their graduates push through the pioneer gap – the point at which companies have proven a demand for their product or service, but lack the funding required to reach enough customers or investors.

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About Tanzania

  • $1,700
    Average annual income
  • 33
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $14,374,700
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD
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This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $3,000 helped Juabar buy 5 more electricity kiosks.
53% repaid
Repayment Term
17 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Jul 1, 2014
Listed
Apr 30, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A