A loan of $450 helped a member juan, Catalino and Alejandra to stop depending on ocote-pine for lighting and allows each of them to buy a reliable solar home system for quality lighting and cell-phone charging.


Juan's Group's story

Juan, Catalino and Alejandra live in Cerro Niño, a community that is 2 hours by a dusty road away from the nearest commercial center (where this picture was taken). Very few of the households in this region have energy access and they rely on ocote wood to light their households. Ocote sends out a lot of smoke and gives out very little light. This does not allow the family of Juan (he has three children) to have an adequate environment for any activities in their household. Ocote is also a health, security and environmental hazard. Juan works in the field, mainly with corn and consumes more than 8 pieces of ocote each week for lighting, his community and other households get these by cutting down trees in nearby forests. This mean of lighting is not only hazardous for Juan and his family, it is also dangerous because their households can burn down and it is also beginning to affect the environment due to the high deforestation that this activity is provoking in the surrounding areas. Deforestation also causes population and their homes to be more exposed to natural disasters. Cerro Niño is a community located in hill slopes so without trees, landslides are more common. This is something that happened during Hurricane Carlota for example. People are left with out communication for weeks when this happens. He is very excited on acquiring a solar home system to light up and to charge his cellphone for emergencies.

In this group: Juan, Catalino , Alejandra



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