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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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These loans will provide start-up capital to entrepreneurs, mainly women, who want to start clean energy businesses. African Solar Rise provides technical and entrepreneurial training on how to start and manage clean energy businesses.

About African Solar Rise

African Solar Rise is a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs start businesses that offer renewable energy products and services. The organization assists in writing the business plan, providing lending capital, accessing high quality products and more.

African Solar Rise also provides savings and loan cooperatives (SAACOs) with income generating loans to purchase solar systems for redistribution amongst their members on a leasing scheme.

Kiva lenders’ funds will help the organization provide poor Tanzanians with affordable loans to start businesses that promote renewable energy, and to help SAACOs earn an income by buying and leasing solar-powered systems to their larger communities.

African Solar Rise joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.


About Tanzania

  • $1,900
    Average annual income
  • 26
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $16,200,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $4,200 helped Micah to buy solar products for resale.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
15 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Jul 6, 2013
Jul 1, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Sep 17, 2014