A loan of $2,000 helped to buy solar lanterns.

Knox's story

Mr. Knox and the entire REEP (Rural Economic Empowerment Program) fraternity wish to sincerely thank Kiva lenders for the previous loan. The loan enabled Knox to purchase solar lanterns which he sold to interested REEP members on short term loans, repayed with a small amount of interest. The beneficiaries of the lanterns have finished repaying their loans and now are happy they no longer have to spend money on kerosene. They recount that these lanterns are ideal for children to read and write by; they are portable for farmers to use to go about their daily chores after sunset; they are able to charge their mobile phones and brighten up their dwellings.

The organization group membership has increased from 400 groups to 520 groups in the last one year. Among the products offered by REEP, solar lanterns have been the most successful product because of their huge economic and social value: cutting down the recurring paraffin costs and carbon emissions.

Mr. Knox is determined to replace all the smoky unsafe candles and kerosene lamps among the members with the solar lanterns which offer bright and safe light and come with a mobile phone charging function. There is still a huge portion of the group without solar lanterns, so the demand is still very high for him to meet from his limited cash flow. Knox is therefore requesting a new loan to buy more lanterns for selling to the members. On the uploaded photo is Knox with Loice, a member of one of the new groups to join REEP. She has just purchased a solar lamp on a loan from REEP.

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