A loan of $125 helped to pay for a more efficient cooking gas package from Liquefied Petroleum Gas.

Mariam's story

Mariam is a high school teacher, single with two children. She is seeking a Kiva loan to acquire an efficient cooking gas package. Mariam’s cooking energy has always been charcoal and firewood. Mariam says that in additional to her school work, she has to prepare meals for her children but when she returns home with school work and tired from the heavy traffic jam, she sometimes finds it difficult to concentrate on school work as well as lighting a charcoal stove.

Mariam found out that Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is efficient and does not require a lot of time to light as compared to a charcoal stove. Mariam is convinced that with acquiring LPG stove, she will be able to cook food on time and also have some time for her school work. Although, previously, Mariam had wanted to buy LPG package outright, upfront costs were quite high and she was not able to access it.

She is happy that the KIVA loan has helped her to switch to this more efficient energy and she hopes that she will be able to prepare meals for her children as well as complete her school work on time.

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