A loan helped a member to pay for a stove.

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Matankiso is a 74-year-old widow with a child aged 39; she has nine grandchildren aged between 23 and 12. She lives in two-roomed house with no electricity with two of her grandchildren. Her source of income is the government pension and she says she spends most of her income on her grandchildren's education while also having to buy paraffin to light her home and cook; she spends around LSL 350 on paraffin monthly.

When she saw the ACE1 stove she decided to get one in order to reduce her fuel costs. With this stove she will light her home with the LED lamp that comes with the stove and will also cook using readily available wood without smoke as the stove has an in-built fan. Moreover, she will charge her and her grandchildren's mobile phones on the stove, thus saving around LSL 120 on mobile phone charging.

Matankiso and the other women in the group have kindly requested a loan from Kiva lenders to pay for the stove.

Visit www.africancleanenergy.com or @AfricanCleanEnergy on Facebook to learn more about the stove.

In this group: 'Maletuka, 'Maletuka, 'Mabakoena, 'Makhothatso, 'Mamatebele, 'Makamohelo, 'Marets'epile

This loan is special because:

It provides communities with energy saving cookstoves that also reduce pollution.

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