Total loan: $5,725
Big Vision Group
Kiambu, Kiambu, Kenya / Retail
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A loan helped To buy solar lamps and energy saving stoves for resale.
Big Vision Group's story
Big Vision is an eight-member group, registered with VEP and hailing from Kiambu County in Central Kenya. It is composed of members who run small businesses as well as practice farming. Teresa, the group chair (far left in the photo) is a small-scale farmer who grows maize, sorghum and millet. She runs a hardware store whose income contributes to the family needs such as food, school fees and taking care of their very poor neighbors. She joined Big Vision group early last year to empower her day-to-day life and business through affordable credit and to access solar lamps and cook stoves which proves efficient in her area since they save on fuel costs. Teresa had previously accessed her first loan with the group which she used to start up the business and has successfully repaid the loan. This year, she sold her farm produce at good prices and used the money to meet the family’s basic needs. Income from her hardware business paid school fees for her two children in high school. After repaying the first loan, she came up with the idea of stocking the business with solar lamps and energy-saving cook stoves. She shared the idea with her fellow members who are also business people and they were ready to adapt the idea as well, having seen the opportunity that is presented by the scarcity of fuel for cooking and lighting in their region.This will lead to more income for them and their families. They opted for a loan from VEP to stock their businesses. Profits will be used to repay the loan.