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Growing up in a Village and raised by great grandmother, i studied under a kerosene lamp and every month i missed school due to sickness caused by the fumes from the kerosene lamps. Its an experience i don't wish any child or woman to go through. My great grandmothers meager earning she used to have was mostly spent on my medication, while my uncles were busy abusing my aunties and spending their money on beers. I grew up knowing the challenges women go through. I grew up knowing that when a woman is empowered then the whole village is empowered. I saw it through my great grandmother Sofia and through my aunties.
Its this experience that has shaped my career path. I chose to be a Social Entrepreneur so that i can create opportunities for women and girls. So that i can enable women and girls have equal accesses to products and services that can put them on a road to economic prosperity.
For the past 3 years i set up Kukula Solar, a social business that seek to distribute 100,000 solar products to rural and peri urban communities of Zambia. 90% of these solar products will be put in the hands of women and girls so that they can be empowered to do more. For girls, to study for longer hours and for women to work for longer hours. Its here at Zidisha were we launched this social business and together we have distributed over 3,000 solar lanterns. We still have 97,000 solar lanterns to distribute, thats why i invite all our lenders here to help us get these life changing products to the women and girls I'm so passionate about!
After a success loan repayment of $321, and impacting 30 families, i wish to apply for a third loan here on Zidisha.
The loan am applying for will help me scale up the distribution of solar lamps to more students and families, helping them to displace the use of kerosene and candles and increasing their hours of study. The loan am applying for now will be used for the following reasons:
US$262.119 will be used to buy 20 Solar Lamps to distribute to more students and families.
US$303.554 will be used to buy 10 Solar Lamps with mobile phone charging provision to distribute to women entrepreneurs so that they can use in their communities to make extra money.
Through this loan, my business will increase by 75% and will help create opportunities for women in rural and slum communities earn a stable income through mobile phone charging services.
This loan will impact the lives of more than 2,000 through provision of brighter light for students to study long hours and through provision of mobile phone charging services to the communities that are not connected to the national grid.
Jan 18, 2021: Impacting lives using zidisha loans
Nov 7, 2016
Cost to entrepreneur
Service fee: $16.62