Total loan: $100,000

Sosai Renewable Energies

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Kaduna, KD, Nigeria / Retail

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A loan helped To provide rural Nigerians with clean energy for work, cooking, school, and economic productivity.

Sosai Renewable Energies's story

Photo credit: Vital Voices 80 million Nigerians have no access to electricity. In rural areas, 66% of the population are suffering from energy poverty. Desertification intensifies wind and sand storms which disrupts grid infrastructure and causes energy outages. This has repercussions for agriculture productivity, connectivity for workers in every sector, education, health, and livelihoods. Sosai Renewable Energies is a women-led, locally-owned Nigerian social enterprise founded by Habiba Ali. Sosai provides affordable solar home systems, clean cookstoves, food dryers, and larger business solar systems, mini-grids, and water filters. Their products reach over 500,000 rural Nigerians. Products are distributed to last-mile areas by a sales force of women entrepreneurs, who demonstrate product value at gatherings of local communities. To date, Sosai’s products have saved families approximately $750,000 by adopting the cost-saving technologies. They measure about 200,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided in the last 2 years due to adoption of their products. This loan of $100,000 will be used to reach more communities with solar products and employ more women sales agents. It is Sosai’s second loan through Kiva’s Social Enterprises program. View their previous loan here and this short video highlighting Habiba and Sosai as a Vital Voices Global Leadership Award Winner.