A loan of $300 helped to purchase solar-powered lanterns to sell in her community.


Florence's story

Florence is 38 years old and lives in the town of Buwama, Uganda. She has two biological children and two other children who are under her care. In total, she has four children: two girls and two boys.

Florence plays many roles in her community. She runs a study center in the town of Buwama that teaches people basics in computing and typing services, and she is also a Solar Sister. Solar Sisters are female entrepreneurs who sell solar-powered lanterns and phone charging to their communities. With this Kiva loan, Florence will purchase more solar inventory that she will then resell to her community.

Florence loves being a Solar Sister because it helps her earn additional income. She uses the income she earns as a Solar Sister to supplement her children's school fees. The money also helps her to buy household items for the house like sugar, salt, etc.

Florence's biggest motivation in selling solar lanterns is seeing her community empowered. She has seen many accidents in her neighborhood that have been caused as a result of kerosene lanterns.

Her biggest dream is to build her own home and also start an entertainment business, using one of the bigger solar-powered kits that powers a 21-inch TV and radio.



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