A loan of $375 helped a member purchase a solar home system that will increase their food business productivity.

Paso Del Río Group 2's story

Apolonia and Susana live in a small community on the Veracruz Coast. They both have a small food business that attends the local population, mainly on weekends and vacations. They do not have electricity in their business, which limits their working hours.

Apolonia is a proud 47 year old Mexican that works as a cook. She lives with her husband and her two parents in law in the community of Paso del Río, located in the state of Veracruz. For the last 6 years, besides being in charge of maintaining her household and taking care of her loved family, Apolonia has worked selling her delicious Mexican food in a Palapa (an open-sided beach front restaurant made from dry palm leaves) in order to contribute to her home income and her family needs. Even though her Palapa has no electric grid access, Apolonia start´s working from sunrise to sunset, only closing her business as the last costumer lives satisfied.

Apolonia uses candles to light her Palapa, but the bad lighting quality does not allow Apolonia to cook after daylight. Also, the smoke that the candles emit bothers her customers, sometimes driving them away form her food business. Nevertheless, Apolonia has a plan: To buy solar home system that will allow her to have quality lighting in her Palapa and to cook during night hours, in order to appeal even more customers.

In this group: Apolonia, Susana

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