A loan of $725 helped to trade in improved stoves, gas stoves, and solar lamps.

Augustin's story

Augustin is the third shopkeeper-partner at the social enterprise Nafa Naana to be set up in Ouagadougou City for distributing energy products. The products are improved stoves, gas stoves, and solar lamps. In addition to common hardware and shop goods he has been offering to people in his district of Bissighin, a place lacking electricity located on the outskirts of Ouagadougou City, Augustin will be able to buy and resell 10 improved stoves, 5 gas stoves, and 14 solar lamps, thanks to this loan in the amount of 348,750 francs CFA.

Note that Augustin's financial means do not ensure he can acquire these new yet important products for him and for the people of his district. Selling this equipment will bring in additional revenues for the shopkeeper. His customers will also be able to save money, thus helping to improve their living conditions. In the end, Augustin will help to protect the environment.

At 47 years of age, married, and a father of three children, of whom two are in school, he dreams of becoming a wholesaler and being able to sell more solar products (large-scale solar, solar refrigerators) in order to bring relief to the people of his district.

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Daniel Kuey

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