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The Veracruz Coast Group 3
In this Group: Benigno , Teodora , Verónica
Benigno is a hard working family father that lives in the coast of El Raudal, Veracruz. From his childhood, he learned from his father and grandfather to love and take care of the food family business in a "Palapa" (an open-sided beach front restaurant made from dry palm leaves), his ancestors build generations ago, and that he proudly manages today along with a group of "Palaperos" (group of people that work in a "Palapa").

As long as he can remember, Benigno has been using battery lamps to illuminate his "Palapa" so he could be able to extend the business productive hours and attract more tourists. However, the batteries he relies on are expensive and don´t provide enough light. Therefore, even at his 58 years of ages, Benigno wants his family business to grow and be more prosper by buying a solar home system that will allow him to light his "Palapa". These will also mean he´s going to stop spending money on batteries, finish his productive activities pass sunset, effectively improving his business and offering more security to his costumers.

Additional Information

About ERES Energía Renovables

ERES Energía Renovable is a hybrid social enterprise that provides clean energy via solar-powered home systems in off-grid communities in Mexico. Kiva loans enable low-income households to purchase these systems. By lending to borrower groups that cross-guarantee each other, ERES Energía Renovable is able to reach far more borrowers who do not have the collateral or credit history to get a loan from a formal financial institution.

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.

ERES Energía Renovable joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.

This is a Group Loan

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About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 13
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $19,048,500
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 12.5
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of The Veracruz Coast Group 3's $550 loan helped a member purchase a solar home system that will be used to extend the productive hours of his family food business.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Mar 5, 2013
Mar 13, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 27, 2014