A loan of $625 helped to buy a solar panel for her house.

Maria Santos's story

María is a hardworking woman together with her husband and her two children. They make a living farming and producing basic grains. She learned to farm more than 30 years ago as her parents were those who taught her to plant corn and beans. She plants her crops 300 meters from her home and she walks there everyday. María was not able to study in her youth and her dream is to educate her two children so that they can have a better quality of life and a higher level of education. Her children help her in planting basic grains during their vacations and when they come home from school in the afternoon. Her husband also helps her.

María is currently requesting help to purchase a solar panel, which she has longed for for some time. Where she lives there is no electric power and for a long time she has struggled with her domestic and daily tasks with the light from a candle and/or sticks of pine wood.

Her dream is to get up early in the mornings and press a button that will illuminate her humble home. She also hopes that her children will experience a major change as they will be able to study and do their student projects at night.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Monica Wooters

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