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Micah is a 26-year-old Maasai from Tanzania. His hometown is situated in Simanjiro, South of Mount Kilimanjaro. Like many men of his tribe, he moved to the big city Dar es Salaam to try his luck as a security guard. For his job he earns about 100 USD per month. Despite this bad income, there was something good about the job: during the time he got in contact with many English speaking people and that's why he is (apart from Maasai language and Swahili) also fluent in English.
In the past year Micah has been given a loan to start his solar energy business in order to bring renewable energy to his home town Simanjiro. He now wants to expand his business in order to reach more villages and more people in his area. He needs a loan of $8000 in order to buy solar products that he can store in his shop. Help him to make his vision come true: that all people in his area will use instead of kerosene solar energy systems.

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These loans will provide start-up capital to entrepreneurs, mainly women, who want to start clean energy businesses. African Solar Rise provides technical and entrepreneurial training on how to start and manage clean energy businesses.

About African Solar Rise

African Solar Rise is a nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs start businesses that offer renewable energy products and services. The organization assists in writing the business plan, providing lending capital, accessing high quality products and more.

African Solar Rise also provides savings and loan cooperatives (SAACOs) with income generating loans to purchase solar systems for redistribution amongst their members on a leasing scheme.

Kiva lenders’ funds will help the organization provide poor Tanzanians with affordable loans to start businesses that promote renewable energy, and to help SAACOs earn an income by buying and leasing solar-powered systems to their larger communities.

African Solar Rise 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.


About Tanzania

  • $1,900
    Average annual income
  • 25
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    Tanzania Loans Fundraising
  • $16,200,775
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $8,000 helped Micah to expand his solar energy business to reach more customers.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
18 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Aug 22, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
May 17, 2016