A loan of $1,200 helped to pay for a stock of cooking stoves and biomass fuel.


Paul-Jumbe's story

Paul-Jumbe, known as P.J., is 49 years old. He is an elder in his church, the chairman of a market and is a modest man wondering why people tend to choose him as a leader. He left school in grade 9 to work and bring up his 6 brothers and sisters, and got married young. He and his wife, have 8 children. 3 are married and he dreams of sending the younger ones to college. He has a shop selling over-the-counter medication. He is warm and caring and people come to ask for his advice on many matters.
He is asking for a loan to buy a stock of gasifying cook stoves and biomass pellets to sell in his shop. He wants to use his leadership to promote and sell a healthier, faster, cheaper alternative to charcoal, because charcoal is bad for people’s health and destroys the forests of his country. He sees the stoves and pellets as an extension of his business and hopes to develop it more and maybe open more stores some day.



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