Theophile is a 35-year-old man from Rulindo District in the Northern Province of Rwanda. He is seeking a loan of $50 to purchase 10 rechargeable LED lights, which he will resell to people without electricity in his village. Every week or so, these customers will return to him to have their lights recharged for just $0.20. Theophile started selling lights in November 2012 and he has sold 20 lights to date, providing clean energy to 100 people. He is also a shopkeeper and will reinvest the money he makes into expanding his other business to earn more money for himself, his wife Angelique and their children.
About Nuru Energy
Nuru Energy is a for-profit corporation that encourages and provides renewable sources of energy in East Africa and India. The company’s POWERCycle generator supplies easy-to-use, off-grid re-charging for mobile phones and Nuru Energy’s portable modular LED lights, which can provide up to 10 days of light to rural households. Nuru distributes its lights through a network of village level entrepreneurs called VLEs. Each VLE sells lights to end consumers and can make additional income by offering recharging services with the Nuru POWERcycle.
Kiva lenders’ funds will be used to supply VLEs with lamps to sell in their communities. This Kiva loan will thus be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit. Kiva loans will be provided to Nuru VLEs at 0% interest, and each VLE will also be equipped with a POWERCycle to recharge lamps for customers on a regular basis.