A loan of $400 helped to buy a solar panel.

Santos Cristobal's story

Santos Cristóbal, 47, is single and the father of two children. Santos has been a coffee grower for 8 years; he also has two manzanas [Central American unit of land measurement] planted with basic grains (corn and beans). Santos will use the loan to buy his own solar energy panel. He does not have electricity. He works with his family members who live at home and this way the profit from sale of the harvest when it arrives is 100% because he does not have to pay employee salaries.

Santos does not want to use candles for lighting any longer every day; she says they produce respiratory illnesses. Besides, by having light during the night he will be able to do more work while also providing his children with entertainment via television and a sound system. He will also be able to buy a mobile phone to be in communication with other family members who live in the city.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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