Total loan: $13,425

Nkoilale 1 Group

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Nkoilale, Narok County, Kenya / Personal Use

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A loan helped to connect to the solar micro-grid installed in Nkoilale, enabling her to keep her boutique open later and charge customers’ phones to earn additional revenue.

Nkoilale 1 Group's story

Chrispian works in the boutique her sister owns in Nkoilale, a rural village almost 100 km and at least a three-hour drive from Kenya national grid power. The village sits just a few kilometers from the Masai Mara and serves as a commercial hub for both the Masai residents who live in the town and for those in surrounding smaller villages. Without access to electricity, the residents must rely on generators, kerosene, candles, and small DC solar systems for their energy needs. Chrispian currently uses kerosene lanterns to light her home and the boutique. Kerosene is expensive and smells unpleasant, leading Chrispian to close the boutique in the evenings. With connection to the micro-grid, Chrispian will keep her shop open later and expand her business to include phone charging. Both of these will allow Chrispian to generate additional revenue, which she plans on saving so she can open her own hair salon in the near future. The solar micro-grid will provide Chrispian a constant and reliable power source to use for lighting and other energy services, such as radios and phone charging. Chrispian will pre-pay for electricity in small bundles using her mobile phone. The solar system will require no maintenance from Crispian, and a large battery bank ensures there will be plenty of power, even on cloudy days. Chrispian will be spending less money on the micro-grid power than she was on kerosene. Furthermore, the solar micro-grid is a lot better for the environment and Chrispian’s health than smoky, toxic kerosene lanterns. Aside from Chrispian, five other business owners in the village are also a part of the loan connecting to the micro-grid: Lillian, Joseph, Florence, John, and Mikai. They are all looking forward to having reliable power at an affordable rate, which they will also use to grow their businesses. The micro-grid will thus spur economic activity in Nkoilale and provide better and cheaper options for more residents to use energy to improve their lives.