A loan of $1,525 helped a member to pay for solar lamps.

Neema Ngoliba Group's story

Neema Ngoliba Group is a young group started by Christian women living in one area. At first their aim was fellowship and to grow with each other spiritually. However, with time they realized that they could do more as a group and started a Merry-Go-Round savings system with VEP which helped them to buy household items. After they learned about solar power that could be used for lighting and charging mobile phones, they decided to use it. This will save them money as they no longer have to buy candles and kerosene or pay to charge their mobile phones. This technology will also improve their lives by saving time and their health.

Teresia, the group Secretary (on the left-side squatting), has suffered the effects of using kerosene. The smoke she has inhaled for years from the traditional open lantern has affected her lungs and eyes. Her eyes have turned red with irritation and she is constantly coughing from the smoke effect. Six years ago she also lost her neighbour through a fire accident in her home. This experience has helped her appreciate the benefits of solar power and she acts as a promoter of this technology in the community.

The group applied for a loan to purchase solar home packages that would enable them to light at least 4 rooms, charge a mobile phone and use a small radio. They will no longer need to buy kerosene. The amount saved will be used as savings as well as to repay the loan. Together the group members will also spread the good gospel of using solar and transform their dark village into a bright one.

In this group: Agatha Waithira , Teresia Wambui , Margaret , Gladys Wandia, Elizabeth , Magdalene Wanjiru, Agnes Wairimu, Regina Waithira, Lilian Nyambura, Jecinta Waithira, Lucy Nyambura, Lydia Wairimu, Sophia

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