Total loan: $250


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Ruhango, Southern Province, Rwanda / Personal Use

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A loan helped to purchase a solar powered recharge station to charge mobile phones and LED lights for rural households that are without electricity.

Hamad's story

Hamad is a 42 year-old man from Ruhango district in the Southern province of Rwanda. His village has no electricity and he is seeking a loan to purchase a solar panel and equipment that will enable him to create a mobile phone charging business. There are an estimated 135 households in his village, most of which have mobile phones, a critical tool for villagers to communicate with their families and to conduct business. Without electricity people have resorted to dangerous alternatives such as using car batteries to recharge their mobile phones. With the proper equipment, Hamad will be able to provide a safer and affordable option to recharge phones.

Hamad will repay the Kiva loan by charging USD 0.13 per phone recharge, a price similar to the current car battery solutions. Hamad is a farmer and the additional income from recharging mobile phones will be used to pay school fees for his children.