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Background : The NEW CARES initiative was first tested as a pilot project of NEW Foundation when the rural women’s savings groups formed by NEW Foundation expressed the need for access to clean lighting solutions.

Unfortunately, it was realized that the groups preferred a credit model payable in 1-3 months. This meant that Capital for purchasing the solar products was necessary yet not available this was therefore not possible until Enventure a US based enterprise partnered with the NEW Foundation recently to offer a low cost credit facility.

Upon proving that the model has a good potential for scaling and also given the lessons to inform product refinements, CARES was registered as a separate social enterprise company able to operate nationally.