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Lilian's Group
In this Group: Lilian , Wyclef , Esther
Esther is a young single mother who resides in Kawangware. Due to the lack of jobs available, she has experienced long periods of unstable employment and has been in and out of low-paying jobs. Like Esther, Lilian and Wycliffe are also young residents of the Kawangware slum and have very similar stories. They all aspire to become business owners and are currently selling energy-efficient products like solar lamps and fuel-efficient cook stoves around other slums in Nairobi. The group will use the loan to buy more stock and an agent toolkit that will help them to sell to their communities. They look forward to earning a decent wage to improve their quality of life.

Additional Information

About iSmart Kenya

iSmart Kenya is a nonprofit organization that creates jobs for youth by leveraging market demand for hard-to-get, life-improving technologies in slum communities. Through iSmart Kenya, youth living in poverty earn an income and gain the professional skills required for a lifetime of employment. Kiva lenders’ funds are used to help iSmart Kenya achieve greater impact in two key ways: 1) by mitigating our risk of supply gaps and 2) by improving our ability to scale our model into new slums.

iSmart Kenya joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.

This is a Group Loan

In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan but is part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure, but groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee. In cases where there is a group guarantee, members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.

Kiva's Field Partners typically feature one borrower from a group. The loan description, sector, and other attributes for a group loan profile are determined by the featured borrower's loan. The other members of the group are not required to use their loans for the same purpose.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 1068
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $47,238,475
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 86.3
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Lilian's Group's $6,225 loan helped a member to purchase clean energy technologies to sell.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
8 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 20, 2013
Dec 17, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 17, 2015