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Juan Rafael
Juan Rafael was born in the community of Jiguina and he lived there the first 30 years of his life with his parents, working alongside them in the fields. Then he met the woman who is now his wife and mother to his four children. When they got married he inherited a few manzanas (1 manzana equals 1.72 acre) of land from his parents on which he built their modest home. He grows coffee and bananas in order to have the resources to support his family. His oldest son works with him and the younger ones study and go to school.

The community has no electrical energy to light their homes at night. So in the early morning his wife gets up to prepare food for them. She works by candlelight or a light powered by a battery. So now they are looking at the possibility of having a solar system through this loan. They feel happy that they can finally have light in their home.
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Juan Rafael nació en la comunidad de Jiguina en esta comunidad ha vivido toda su vida hasta la edad de 30 años vivió con sus padres y trabajo con ellos en los labores del campo, después conoció a la que hoy es su esposa y madre de sus 4 hijos al casarse sus padres le heredan unas manzanas de tierra ahí construyo su humilde hogar ademas de dedicarse a cultivar café y banano para tener ingresos para la subsistencia de su familia, su hijo mayor trabaja con el y los otros menores estudian y van a la escuela. En la comunidad no hay energía eléctrica ellos se iluminan por las noches y en la madrugada que su esposa se levanta a preparar comida para que ellos lleven al trabajo con candelas o phoco con baterías , es por eso que el ahora que mira la posibilidad de tener un sistema solar atravez de crédito se siente feliz ya que podrá por fin tener luz en su hogar

Additional Information

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

  • $3,636
    Average annual income
  • 138
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    Nicaragua Loans Fundraising
  • $24,079,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • US Dollars
    Loan transacted in USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $675 helped Juan Rafael to buy a solar system.
45% repaid
Repayment Term
26 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Dec 17, 2013
Dec 26, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss: