A loan of $900 helped to buy 10 gas stoves, 26 energy-efficient metal stoves, and three solar lamps for resale.


Gilberte's story

Gilberte is a 42-year-old married woman, and has three children who are all at school. She lives in the town of Ouagadougou, where she works selling women’s clothing and beauty products. She sells these items in a store she opened eight months ago. Gilberte has faced her financial difficulties by selling energy products in her store to meet the needs of her customers. She started this business two years ago, before opening her store. This loan will allow Gilberte to buy a supply of 10 gas stoves, 26 energy-efficient metal stoves, and three solar lamps, which she will resell to improve her income. She plans to use this income to expand her business, as well as to help her husband to pay for her three children’s education.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Paul Lambert



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