A loan of $5,850 helped a member to purchase solar lanterns to sell.


Starehe Junction Group's story

Starehe Junction Group is a young group operating small-scale businesses in open air markets in Eastern Kenya. They travel around different markets with different household items, clothes, shoes and farm inputs. Their target market is households with low incomes who have to shop in open air markets where items are cheaper. The group is made up of 5 members who have been saving with VEP for the last 6 months and have a very credible reputation along with discipline. They have a vision of opening up a distribution stall where they can employ other youths to assist in sales around the local markets which open different days of the week. With this in mind, they would also like to include solar lamps into their stock as one of the products that can help those at the bottom of the pyramid without access to electricity.

Samuel, the group treasurer (on the far left), was the first one to buy a solar lamp from VEP during a roadshow to their region. After experiencing the changes in his fuel budget and the quality of light, he promoted the lamp to his friends in the market who agreed to form a group and get the lamps on credit for their homes. Samuel says since he bought the lamp, he has saved a lot of money previously used to buy kerosine and for mobile charging. His children also started enjoying longer study hours which has led to improved grades. Samuel and the group would like to see other families enjoying clean, convenient lighting while at the same time they make money from the sale of those lamps.

They have purchased different types of solar lamps from VEP on credit and, with their sale, we are confident the group will repay the loan from the profits and even take a second loan to expand the business.

In this group: Joseph Gitau, Harrison Gachara , Mary Wambui, Peter Mwangi, Samuel Karanja
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