Scolastica is a 35 year old woman living on the outskirts of Nairobi. She is married and a mother of two young children. After the birth of her second child, she needed a job that was more flexible so she could take her son who was chronically ill to his doctor’s appointments. So she decided to buy and sell EcoZoom improved cookstoves to earn a living. She sells the stoves door to door or from her house. Everyone she meets hears about her green stoves; she loves the independence and confidence that comes with being a businesswoman.
With the Kiva loan, Scolastica intends to buy more improved cookstoves in larger quantities so she always has stock on hand in her home. At the moment, she is driving long distances to pick up small numbers of stock, which is putting a financial and time constraint on her fledgling business.
Scolastica eventually aims to sell to major department stores throughout Nairobi. With the increased stock from the Kiva loan, she will be able to focus her efforts on growing her networks instead of picking up only small amounts of stock when she can afford it.
Scolastica dreams to see her business flourish and reach out to save her customers money through the EcoZoom improved cookstove. She uses EcoZoom in her house, and has already noticed her eyes burn less and her son is coughing less.
EcoZoom 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.
About EcoZoom: EcoZoom is a social enterprise and certified B-Corporation that brings safe, clean, and affordable cookstoves to developing countries across Africa and Latin America. By providing clients with the means to become EcoZoom stove sales agents, the organization aims to empower workforces and local economies while also creating financially sustainable markets for clean cookstoves.
Kiva lenders’ funds will be used as starting capital to provide borrowers with in-kind loans in the form of stoves on credit. These interest-free loans will offer individuals a concrete income to lift themselves and their families from poverty, while also increasing the organization’s reach into further rural regions.