A loan of $5,775 helped a member to purchase solar laterns for sale.


Classic Kiarutara Group's story

Classic Kirutara group is a young group of women and men operating small-scale businesses in open air markets in Central Kenya. They travel around different markets with different household items, clothes, shoes and farm inputs. Their target market is households with low income that have to shop in open air markets where items are cheaper. The group that comprises 18 members has been saving with VEP for the last two years and has developed a very credible reputation 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 add solar lamps to their stock as one of the products that can help those at the bottom of the pyramid without access to electricity.
Esther,the group treasurer (pictured at the far right) was the first one to buy a solar lamp from VEP during a roadshow to their region. After experiencing the changes in her fuel budget and the quality of light, she promoted the lamp to a friend in the market who agreed to form a group and get the lamps on credit for their homes.Esther says since she bought the lamp, she has saved a lot of money previously used to buy kerosene and for mobile charging. Her children also started enjoying longer study hour which has led to improved grades. Esther and the group would like to see other families enjoy clean, convenient lighting while at the same time making money from the sale of those lamps
They have purchased different types of solar lamps from VEP on credit and with their sale, are confident the group will repay the loan from the profits and even take a second loan to expand the business

In this group: Solomon Nguchita, Peter Kabue, Ann Wangari, Simon Njoroge, Esther Wambui



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