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Total loan: $2,225

Mukuyu 1 Group

Katete, Eastern Province, Zambia / Personal Use

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A loan helped to buy a solar lighting system, a clean cook stove, and fuel pellets that help reduce deforestation.


Mukuyu 1 Group's story

Njelase is a single mother raising her three children in a rural community in Zambia. Her farming provides food and income for her family, and enables her to send the children to school. She’d like to provide them with better lighting than the candles they currently use to study at night. Njelase is also concerned about the rate at which trees in her community are being chopped down for firewood and making charcoal, and she says she’d like to help save the trees.

Njelase and the other members of Mukuyu 1 Group are each buying a complete home energy system that includes three solar lights, a phone charger, a cook stove, and a supply of clean burning fuel pellets. In doing so, they are participating in an innovative program. Farmers receive seed and training for growing pigeon peas, a crop that is well suited to the dry conditions of eastern Zambia, naturally improves soil fertility through nitrogen fixation, and provides income and protein. After harvest, the farmers trade waste plant stalks (for recycling into fuel pellets for the stoves) as well as pigeon peas with Emerging Cooking Solutions as payment for their renewable energy products.