Total loan: $1,200

Shalabeng G1 Group

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Shalabeng,Abia, , Lesotho / Personal Use

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A loan helped To be able to pay for the ACE cook stove which will improve her life in terms of health, cost of fuel and the time she spends collecting firewood.

Shalabeng G1 Group's story

Marepelang is a 42 year old mother of 4 children aged between 17 and 10 years. She is a divorcee and now lives with her children and her elderly father in a small brick house that is not well ventilated, nor warms up well in winter. She works long hours to ensure there is enough food for her children and father. All her children still go to school and the only means of income comes entirely from her with very little pension from her father.She used to wake up very early between 3am and 4am during the week, to start preparing the fire for cooking breakfast, heating water and warming the house for her children before they go to school because she could not afford any other means. However with little money she makes while working plus her father's pension money;which is not much, she is now able to afford to buy gas and paraffin both which are very expensive.She finds herself having to pay about R300 to R400 a month to have sufficient gas;money she hardly makes. Not only is gas expensive for Marapelang and many like her, but it is also highly flammable and when inhaled can lead to lung diseases even death. Marapelang has requested a loan from Kiva lenders, in order to be able to purchase clean cook stoves which provide her and 12 other people from her village, who are living in the same circumstances, the chance of cooking in a way that does not harm them and their families, and that does not require a lot of wood, which is hard to find in Lesotho, nor expensive paraffin and gas. This stove can be started with the use of very little, readily available biomass like dry twigs and dry cow dung that do not require lengths of time to collect. It does not produce smoke while burning, thus making it safe to be used inside the homes. This stove comes with a solar panel for charging the battery which runs the fan in the stove, a USB port for charging phones and a mini LED lamp. A life improving package for these people. This stove saves them time to be with their family, saves energy, eliminates the element of toxic inhalation, house burning and has given them the freedom to have a better lit home to see better in the evening while cooking and enables children to do their homework. For stove info please check www.africancleanenergy.com