Elizabeth wants to open a Fresh Life toilet for both Commercial and environmental purposes. The married mother of two children sees the Fresh Life toilet as an opportunity not only to make profit but also to participate improving the sanitation situation of the Mukuru informal settlements of Nairobi, Kenya.
Elizabeth is currently in the business of supplying general products to shops and households in Sinai, a sub-area of the Mukuru informal settlements in Kenya. She also has open air business in which she sells items such as clothes and utensils among others.
In the future, Elizabeth hopes to become a successful business person. She also dreams of going abroad to do things that will enable her be at the top.
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Eight million people in Kenyan slums and 2.6 billion people worldwide lack access to hygienic sanitation. Sanergy aims to permanently reduce related disease in these areas by making sanitation accessible, affordable and sustainable. This social enterprise builds toilets under the “Fresh Life” brand, franchises them to local entrepreneurs, collects the waste and converts it into renewable energy and organic fertilizer.
Because Sanergy’s core business is not microfinance and its partnership with Kiva is unprecedented, these loans present some level of additional risk for lenders. Accordingly, we have not provided a risk rating for this partner.
This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.
Sanergy is a social enterprise that combines technology, entrepreneurialism and a unique business model to provide safe, accessible and affordable sanitation products and services to slum residents across Kenya. Sanergy uses the flexible, zero-interest capital provided by Kiva lenders to offer loans to its network of toilet operators. The funding covers the upfront costs of the toilet purchase, enabling operators to pay back the loan over time with the revenue generated by the toilet.