A loan of $550 helped a member purchase a solar home system that provides lighting for their homes.


Paso Del Río Group's story

Ernestina, together with José and Nadialy, live in Tecolutla, Veracruz in a small rural community called Paso del Río. They are interested in purchasing a solar home system on credit. This is Ernestinas story:

Ernestina is 44 years old and lives in Paso del Río, in the state of Veracruz, with her beloved husband and her two parents. During her childhood, Ernestina was in charge of the household tasks. As a teenager she worked cooking and helping with the home activities of her neighbors, so she could contribute to her own household expenses. Ernestina´s household has no access to the electric grid and that is why she must do her household tasks whilst there is still daylight. During the night she uses candles to do other activities.

For 20 years Ernestina has been devoted to the caring of one single household along with her husband. Her husband whose job as a fisherman provides the only family income, however, his salary is not stable because it depends on market demand.

Ernestina wants to contribute to her household expenses and work as hard as her husband by cooking food and selling it to other fishermen. To achieve this, Ernestina wishes to buy a solar home system that will bring lighting to her home and will allow her to extend productivity hours every day, so she will be able to help her household tasks during the day and cook at night, additionally, this will allow her to spend time with her loving family.

In this group: Ernestina , José Alberto , Nadialy



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