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Total loan: $50,000

Mwangaza Light

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Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya / Retail

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A loan helped To finance the sale of energy-efficient cookstoves and solar home solutions to Kenyan households at affordable terms.

Mwangaza Light's story

25% of the Kenyan population (about 16 million people) lack access to electricity through either grid or off-grid options. Rural households fare worse than the national average with more than half lacking access to power. In addition, 92% of rural households use a type of wood burning stove, contributing to local deforestation, CO2 emissions, and household air pollution. Mwangaza Light was founded in 2014 with a mission to reduce household use of kerosene lamps. Since then, Mwangaza has expanded its focus to clean energy solutions for households, reaching over 7,000 families with efficient cookstoves and solar home appliances while providing patient and affordable payment plans to purchase these products. Mwangaza works closely with women's groups, taking solutions to where they live and work. In 2018, Mwangaza launched the Green Churches Initiative: a collaboration between churches, religious organizations, and finance associations to promote, distribute, and finance clean energy solutions. As a part of its Last Mile Distribution program, Mwangaza Light recruits and trains Clean Energy Entrepreneurs from local women’s groups. This loan of $50,000 will be used to expand the Green Churches Initiative through the sale of an additional 1,100 energy-efficient cookstoves and 400 solar home solutions. The cookstoves will be sourced from BURN Manufacturing, a Kenyan social enterprise and Kiva borrower.