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Gaspar
Gaspar lives in a rural community in El Viejo, Chanandega. He is 59 years old. He has lived in the community for eight years with his wife and three children. The last of his children was born in May of this year.

He has worked for six years at a sugar refinery during the season for harvesting sugarcane. When he leaves his work at the sugar refinery he also works at a nearby farm, and he grows his ‘manzana’ [a land measurement unit equivalent to 1.740 acres] of corn and beans.

His daughters are in the fourth and the second grades of elementary school, and they go to the closest school. In the community there is no electrical lighting. Currently his family is using lights run by batteries. They buy batteries because they last longer, and they avoid a fire that could be caused by using candles in their house.

He is requesting the loan to buy a 60 watt solar panel. This way he will live in a better way with his daughters and his wife. With this system the intensity of light will be greater, and they will no longer have to spend to buy the batteries. Gaspar’s daughters will be able to do their school work at night, and his wife will be able to take better care of their newborn child. He hopes to be helped with the approval of this loan so that his family life will change.
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DON GASPAR ES UN CIUDADANO DE UNA COMUNIDAD RURAL EN EL VIEJO CHINANDEGA. EL TIENE 59 AÑOS DE EDAD. DE VIVIR EN LA COMUNIDAD TIENE 8 AÑOS CON EL VIVEN SU SEÑORA Y TRES HIJOS. EL ULTIMO DE SUS HIJOS NACIO EN MAYO DE ESTE AÑO. EL TRABAJA EN UN INGENIO DESDE HACE 6 AÑOS EN LA TEMPORADA DE COSECHA DE CAÑA. CUANDO SALE DE TRABAJAR DEL INGENIO TAMBIEN TRABAJA EN UNA FINCA CERCANA Y SIEMBRA SU MANZANA DE MAIZ Y FRIJOLES. SUS HIJAS ESTÁN EN CUARTO Y SEGUNDO GRADO DE PRIMARIA ASISTEN A LA ESCUELA MAS CERCANA. EN LA COMUNIDAD NO HAY LUZ ELECTRICA Y ACTUALMENTE SU FAMILIA ESTA USANDO FOCO DE BATERÍAS PARA ILUMINARSE. ELLOS COMPRAN BATERIAS POR QUE DURAN MAS Y EVITAN QUE OCURRA ALGUN INCENDIO EN SU CASA CON EL USO DE CANDELAS. EL ESTA SOLICITANDO UN PRESTAMO PARA LA COMPRA DE UN PANEL SOLAR DE 60 WATT Y ASÍ VIVIR DE UNA MEJOR MANERA CON SUS HIJAS Y SU SEÑORA. CON ESTE SISTEMA LA INTENCIDAD DE LUZ SERA MAYOR Y YA NO TENDRA QUE GASTAR EN LA COMPRA DE BATERIAS. LAS HIJAS DE DON GASPAR PODRAN REALIZAR TAREAS ESCOLARES POR LAS NOCHES Y SU ESPOSA PUEDE CUIDAR MEJOR AL NIÑO RECIÉN NACIDO. EL ESPERA LE AYUDEN CON LA APROBACION DE EL PRESTAMO PARA QUE SU VIDA FAMILIAR CAMBIE.

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More information about this loan

TECNOSOL is a for-profit renewable energy company that provides electricity and solar powered products to families living off the grid in Nicaragua. It enables households to generate their own energy and replace toxic and expensive sources of light and heat like kerosene, diesel and wood. 

Many of TECNOSOL's clients cannot afford the high upfront costs of buying solar products. Kiva loans help these households purchase clean energy products. 

Solar home systems are much more than a solar lamp and can provide users with life changing amounts of power: enough power to run multiple lights, home appliances, radios, and TVs. These systems are modular, enabling clients to add solar panels and batteries to meet their increasing energy demands.  

Important Information

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

About Nicaragua

  • $4,800
    Average annual income
  • 128
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    Nicaragua Loans Fundraising
  • $24,535,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $400 helped Gaspar to buy a 60 watt solar system in order to have light in his home.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Jun 26, 2013
Listed
Jul 3, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
N/A
Ended:
Nov 17, 2014