Our Eighteenth Kiva Diva: The Mothers of Chandika, Nepal (September 2015)

Our Eighteenth Kiva Entrepreneur - The Mothers of Chandika, Nepal - September 2015

Kiva is a crowd-funding site supporting entrepreneurs in developing countries. Through the Estrogen Army project we will be investing in women who would otherwise have a difficult time accessing traditional loans to fund their own adventures.




Today we’re celebrating our fifteenth “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship!

This month we’re celebrating our eighteenth “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship by helping the mothers of Chandika, Nepal. We’re helping construct a birthing centre to make things safer for Chandika patients like Bhajan, pictured above.


This month we’re celebrating our eighteenth “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship by helping the mothers of Chandika, Nepal. We’re helping construct a birthing centre to make things safer for Chandika patients like Bhajan, pictured above.

The Chandika Health Clinic provides high-quality, low-cost healthcare for 1,747 people in rural Nepal. Their facility includes a pharmacy and outpatient facility, and they are currently constructing a birthing center. Chandika patient Bhajan is expecting her second child in December and hopes to give birth at the clinic. “When I had my first child, I started making clothes for her from the minute I found out, but I have been busy with my little girl while pregnant with this one,” she admits.

About the Possible Chandika Health Clinic

Chandika is part of a healthcare network run by Possible, an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to providing high quality, low cost health care. We’re helping them fund a 2.2 kW solar energy system at Chandika, transforming the level of care they can provide.

The solar energy system will be installed by SunFarmer (http://sunfarmer.org), a social enterprise that provides reliable and affordable electricity for hospitals, schools, and farms in Nepal. The loan will pay for the upfront costs of the solar energy and battery storage system. SunFarmer provides long-term monitoring and system maintenance, and provides an electricity guarantee to the Chandika community.

Sunfarmer’s Solar Loans are used to install solar systems at hospitals, schools and other instituitions that need access to reliable energy. In addition to facilitating construction, Sunfarmer also provides the monitoring and maintenance support to ensure the system performs over the long term. SunFarmer seeks to prove that financing rural energy projects can be both low risk and high impact – enabling expansion of healthcare, education, and other critical services.

About SunFarmer

SunFarmer is a nonprofit organization that provides high quality solar energy installations with low-cost financing to rural communities that don’t have a reliable source of electricity. According to the World Bank and UN, an estimated 1 billion people use health services without electricity and over 291 million children go to primary schools without access to any electricity. SunFarmer focuses its efforts on healthcare facilities, schools, and other critical infrastructure that are negatively impacted by unreliable or non-existent electricity.

Funding on Kiva goes towards loans offered to community institutions in developing countries that have little or no access to electricity. The funding will allow these institutions to increase their services and improve the health of the low income communities in which they operate.

With our September “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva sponsorship we’re helping make that happen!


The Possible Chandika Health Clinic Still Needs a Little More Help!

https://www.kiva.org/lend/954679


Want to help us create a little more uplift for women?

We welcome you to join our lending team at Kiva …

http://kiva.org/invitedto/estrogenarmy/by/estrogenarmy

If you’d like to assist the mothers of Chandikia (or another hard working Kiva entrepreneur) and have your loan counted as part of our “Adventures with the Estrogen Army” Kiva lending team, you can indicate that at the time of your loan, or can even set us as your default lending team here:

http://kiva.org/teams/my-teams

When you click the link you will see “Lending Teams I Belong To” part way down, and a pull-down menu below that allowing you to set your preferred team.

If you’re not a Kiva lender yet, you can invest in entrepreneurs in developing countries for as little as $25. Click the link below for an invitation:

http://kiva.org/invitedto/estrogenarmy/by/estrogenarmy

Thanks a bunch for giving us a hand in giving others a hand up!

Namaste,

 

Sue

 

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