A loan of $4,200 helped to buy solar products for resale.

Micah's story

Micah is a 26-year-old Maasai from Tanzania. His hometown is situated in Simanjiro, South of Mount Kilimanjaro. Like many men of his tribe, he moved to the big city Dar es Salaam to try his luck as a security guard. For his job he earns about 100 USD per month. Despite this bad income, there was something good about the job: during the time he got in contact with many English speaking people and that's why he is (apart from Maasai language and Swahili) also fluent in English.

However, "a real Maasai doesn't belong to big cities like this," Micah says, and it is clear that he wants to go back to Simanjiro, even though he has some concerns about home. One of these big concerns in Micah's home village is lack of electricity: people need to light up their houses with kerosene lamps, which are very unhealthy and also really expensive.

Therefore, Micah wants to start his own social business and bring affordable solar energy to his family members and friends. African Solar Rise helped him to write a business plan and provided him with technical training as well as sales training.

With a loan we do not only empower Micah to start his own social business; we also reach all of his family members (and Maasai normally have big families!) and provide them with renewable, clean, and sustainable energy.

Because of his good reputation as a guard and our personal experiences with him during our training sessions, where he showed some admirable entrepreneurial capabilities, we are confident that the loan will be fully repaid after a little more than one year.

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