Total loan: $25,000
Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia / Services
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A loan helped To support clean energy access and inclusive development for 5,000 underserved households in Indonesia.
Problem On the remote island of Sumba, Indonesia, over 250,000 people do not have access to electricity. These are among the country’s poorest, and rely on kerosene for lighting and firewood for cooking. Without access to productive equipment, farmers process goods by hand, which is very inefficient and time consuming. Solution Sumba Sustainable Solutions (3S) distributes and leases solar home systems, which can power light bulbs, charge phones or even laptops for studying. So that villagers can afford this service, 3S increases household incomes by (i) providing solar-powered equipment (such as rice and corn mills, or coconut graters) which boost farmer productivity, and (ii) purchases bamboo at a fair price from smallholder farmers for use in sustainable construction services. In the past two years, 3S has installed 2,500 lights, 52 solar-powered appliances and purchased over 70,000 meters of bamboo to complete two construction projects. Loan Use & Impact 3S is seeking loan capital to (i) increase its inventory on solar home systems, and (ii) build a new bamboo treatment plant. In the next three years, these investments will allow the company to electrify 5,000 households, install 50 solar-powered appliances and meet the growing demand for sustainably-sourced bamboo. In addition to the $25,000 Kiva loan, 3S will receive $22,000 from New Energy Nexus, an incubator and investor sponsoring renewable energy companies.