A loan of $50 helped to pay for 20 low-cost LED lights to resell to rural households without electricity.


Jean Damascene's story

Jean Damascene is a 42-year-old man from the Gakenke District in the Northern Province of Rwanda.

He is seeking a top-up loan of 30,000 Rwanda Francs (RWF) to purchase 10 additional 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 100 RWF.

Jean Damascene started selling lights in December 2012 and has sold 20 lights to date, providing clean energy to 100 people. With the money he makes from selling and recharging lights, he will pay for his children's school fees.



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