A loan helped a member to buy more Elsa Biochar Clean Cook stoves for resale.

Shalom Group's story

Alice is 29 years of age. She comes from Twifo Praso in the Twifo Atti Morkwa District of the Central Region of Ghana. Alice is married with 3 children, 2 of which are in school. She is the leader and group representative of Shalom group.

Alice’s husband is a commercial driver and very supportive. She sells maize, beans, millet and also runs a drinking spot at the local market. Alice has owned and operated her business for 6 years. Alice decided to add the Elsa biochar clean cook stove distribution to her business after she and her other group member were invited the Field officers to do demonstration and education in their community.

She has done all necessary market surveys with very positive results. Alice and her group members want to be part of the other Elsa biochar clean cook stove distributors in order to help educate people on the dangers associated with the use of the traditional methods of cooking.

Due to the availability of the Elsa stove's fuel, a waste material within their community, the demand for the stove is very high. The Elsa biochar clean cook stove uses palm kernel shells (virgin pellet) as fuel. The stove is a cost saving in terms of expenditure on fuel and improves indoor and outdoor air quality and the health of users.

Alice and her group member need a micro loan to buy more of the clean cook stoves to meet the increasing demand of their customers. Funding their loan will also reduce deforestation and also reduce the health risks related to cooking activities. Alice and her group member thank all their Kiva micro lenders for their generosity and help in saving the forest within the communities they operate.

In this group: Alice, Paul

This loan is special because:

It supports a local industry selling clean energy cook stoves.

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