Solar lanterns for women & girls

Francis Mbewe

Chipata, Zambia

100% repaid

Entrepreneur

Name

Francis Mbewe

Location

Chipata, Zambia

On-time repayments

265 weekly installments  •  98%

About Me

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.

My Business

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!

Loan Proposal

I plan to continue distributing solar lamps to women and girls during this rain season so that they can finish paying for the solar lamps when they harvest. We plan with the amount to be loaned, I will buy 20 solar home systems and distribute to women. I The solar lamps will give me a profit increase of 27% by the time of repaying the loan.

The impact of this loan will be more on women and girls will will be able to cook under a clean source of light and girls able to study for longer hours. The families will also be able to save money by switching from kerosene usage to solar lamps. The saved money will can be used to improve their family nutrition, pay for their children school fees and also buy uniforms and school shoes.

The other impact will be on the environment. With 20 solar lamps distributed, over 600Kg of CO2 emission will be avoided.

Families will save over $1,400 in 12 months of switching and over 29,200 extra hours of light will be available for women and girls, helping them to be productive!

My Videos

Jan 18, 2021: Impacting lives using zidisha loans

Feedback

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  • Kirk Moore    Jul 9, 2021

    Thanks for paying back early!

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  • Cianna    Jan 18, 2021

    Francis is the best! I am happy to support such an innovative and pro-social entrepreneur! I will continue to lend each time Francis makes a request since he is doing some truly amazing work!

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  • David    Jan 17, 2021

    Loan was originally scheduled to take three months. Despite the pandemic hampering his business, Francis continued making regular payments, completing the loan in 13 months. I appreciate your commitment during a very challenging time.

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  • David    Dec 1, 2019

    Although the loan was for a larger amount, regular payments were received and the loan was paid in full as originally scheduled. I am pleased to be able to help such an amazing project.

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  • TomF925    Mar 7, 2019

    Thanks for sharing your website:
    www.kukulasolar.com
    I certainly recommend everyone have a look. Well done! Also, Zidisha blog has a great article about Francis:
    p2p-microlending-blog.zidis...

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  • TomF925    Mar 21, 2017

    March 15, 2018. Just a friendly suggestion for everyone to visit Francis' inspiring campaign:
    LIGHTING UP LIVES IN RURAL ZAMBIA
    igg.me/at/BU8v3PUek-U
    March 21, 2017
    I am thrilled by each message and each photo that Francis posts in the Discussion. Have a look everyone!

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  • Jan de Wit    Mar 20, 2017

    +1 Francis' enthusiasm
    +1 Francis' story's
    +1 Francis' repayments

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    • Francis Mbewe    Mar 20, 2017

      Thanks so very much Jan for your Positive Feedback and also for loaning to my fourth loan request. Together we will do so much for in displacing kerosene use in slum and rural Zambia!

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  • BernadetteV    Mar 19, 2017

    Francis many regular repayments and kept us informed about his business. It was a pleasure to lend to him.

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    • Francis Mbewe    Mar 20, 2017

      Thanks so very much BernadetteV! The Loan you provided me with helped reach more women and school going children with solar lamps! Thanks and i invite you to be part of the next loan request in will be making!

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  • TomF925    Jul 3, 2016

    July 3, 2016. Excellent communicator. Please see discussion. Francis is passionate about replacing harmful kerosene lamps with clean, practical, affordable solar. These products save the families $70 in just one year.
    March 17, 2017. He was just now awarded a prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship!

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Loan Info

Project Type

Classic Loan

Disbursed amount

$1,292.46

Date disbursed

Dec 4, 2019

Repayment status

Late

Projected term

14 months

Cost to entrepreneur

Service fee: 5% of $1,292.46 = $48.22

Credit risk payment: $241.30

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