A loan of $6,000 helped a member to buy solar lamps for sale.


Changi Youth Group's story

Changi Youth Group was started in the year 2008 with an aim of empowering the young men of Shamata to be entrepreneurs. They had an agenda of helping each other start up small businesses so that by the time they marry they would be financially stable. Over that time they have been groomed to be disciplined and plan their lives while avoiding the reckless lifestyle lived by most young men.
Since Shamata is not connected to the electricity grid, the group saw an opportunity during one of VEPs promotional drives and decided to partner with VEP and establish themselves as a solar lamp supplier in that region. They plan to stock solar lamps that are accredited by Lighting Africa as quality, and which are also supplied by VEP and hence have a sustainable business.
VEP has loaned them start-up capital and is also helping them in promotion and marketing.
It’s expected that the business will pick up in no time as the community is already appreciating the benefits of using solar energy instead of kerosene. Peter, the Chairman of the group (the first person standing on the left side) explains that so far the group members are the first beneficiaries of the lamps and they no longer buy kerosene.
His wife who has suffered using dim light for 2 years is now very happy and is also encouraging other women to buy the lamps. Peter and his family can now enjoy improved health with cleaner lighting and they also save the money that was previously used on buying kerosene. He has opened up an account and started saving the earnings from the sale of the solar lights which he says will be a financial security for his family.

In this group: Paul Waweru, Joseph Wambugu, John Ndungu, David Mutahi, Peter Gicheru, James Kabiro, Josphat Gathii



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