A loan of $375 helped to buy solar lanterns.


Norah's story

Norah is a 30-year-old mother of one. She trained as a primary school teacher in 2008 but ventured into retail business after being unsuccessful in securing employment in her profession. She started a retail shop dealing mainly with clothes but later diversified to include household stuff and general merchandise due to slow business with the clothing. Norah has also attended youth entrepreneurship training organized by Technoserve, an international organization in its rural youth development program. From this training, Norah has learned business management, entrepreneurship development and personal finance skills which have improved her management skills a lot.

Norah was introduced to the solar products through Brazafric's business linkages with Technoserve at a youth open day. She appreciates the benefits that accrue from the use of lanterns and with the Kiva financing option from Brazafric, Norah is seeking to purchase the solar products for stocking and reselling to her community. Norah highlights that she would also buy the solar lanterns so that she could increase her working hours at her shop. With the solar lamps there are no extra costs on kerosene and she can use the solar energy for lighting and charging her mobile phone.



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