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Nickson is a 22-year old entrepreneur living in the Mukuru informal settlement of Nairobi, Kenya. He recently moved out of his family's home to live on his own, but he has found that the going has not been easy due to unemployment. Nickson has tried out several small businesses as a means to fend for his food and a place to stay, but the money he earns is not enough to take care of all his needs. However, Nickson discovered Fresh Life toilets, and believes this business will pay for his living expenses.

Nickson seeks a loan to help him purchase two Fresh Life toilets, which he intends to run himself. He hopes that the business will generate enough to improve his living standards and create more employment opportunities for other youth.

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Through a partnership with the Foward Foundation, Sanergy is empowering 40 unemployed youth aged 18-25 in the Mukuru informal settlement run their own businesses. After attending an extended training, young entrepreneurs will be able to purchase Fresh Life toilets at a reduced price.

About Sanergy

Sanergy is a social enterprise that combines technology, entrepreneurialism and a unique business model to provide safe, accessible and affordable sanitation products and services to slum residents across Kenya. Sanergy uses the flexible, zero-interest capital provided by Kiva lenders to offer loans to its network of toilet operators. The funding covers the upfront costs of the toilet purchase, enabling operators to pay back the loan over time with the revenue generated by the toilet.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 557
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $49,768,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 84.9
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Nickson to purchase and run two Fresh Life toilets.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 1, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Oct 18, 2014