A loan of $450 helped a member macario, Catalina and Lidia each purchase a solar home system to have reliable energy access in their homes and gain 4 hours more to produce clay products.

Macario's Group's story

Macario his wife Catalina and his daughter in law Lidia live in Oaxaca, México in a small community called El Paraíso in Santa María Tiltepec. In el Paraíso, they just got access to the electric grid early 2012, however the service is extremely unreliable. They continue to rely on candles when the lights go out. They mention blackouts can last up to 8 days during the rainy season due to their geographical conditions. They believe a solar system will have great value, providing savings in their electricity costs and will eliminate the need for the use of candles in their homes when there are blackouts. Both women contribute to their families income and belong to a cooperative of women that is called “Mujeres Trabajadoras de Tiltepec” (Working Woman from Tiltepec). This cooperative participates in different exhibitions and is helping women to sell their products to different foundations and bigger crafts shops. Catalina is teaching her daughter-in-law Lidia to work with clay, and Macario is in charge of selling the products because Catalina only speaks Chatino and can't communicate with clients in Spanish. A loan for a solar home system will allow these working women to have 4 additional hours of quality lighting to work and generate higher incomes for their families.

In this group: Macario, Catalina, Lidia

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