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Steve is a young man who moved to the Mukuru settlement in Nairobi, Kenya in search of employment. Due to the hardships he encountered while trying to get a job, Steve developed the desire to start, manage and run his own business. He identified a need for sanitation in his community and decided to buy into a Fresh Life toilet franchise.

Steve therefore seeks a 48,000 KES loan to buy two Sanergy Fresh Life toilets, which he will use as his source of income. He hopes that his franchise will grow in the future and create more employment opportunities for other youth in his area.

Steve is happy that this investment will help ease the sanitation issues in the area. He also hopes that his success will inspire other youth to start their own ventures instead of relying on limited employment opportunities.

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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
  • 531
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $49,761,875
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 84.9
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $575 helped Steve to buy two Fresh Life toilets.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Oct 8, 2013
Oct 24, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Mar 21, 2015