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Paso Del Río Group 2
In this Group: Apolonia , Susana
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.

Additional Information

About ERES Energía Renovables

ERES Energía Renovable is a hybrid social enterprise that provides clean energy via solar-powered home systems in off-grid communities in Mexico. Kiva loans enable low-income households to purchase these systems. By lending to borrower groups that cross-guarantee each other, ERES Energía Renovable is able to reach far more borrowers who do not have the collateral or credit history to get a loan from a formal financial institution.

This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.

ERES Energía Renovable joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.

This is a Group Loan

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About Mexico

  • $15,600
    Average annual income
  • 70
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    Mexico Loans Fundraising
  • $20,896,750
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 12.2
    Mexico Pesos (MXN) = $1 USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A portion of Paso Del Río Group 2's $375 loan helped a member purchase a solar home system that will increase their food business productivity.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
13 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Apr 18, 2013
Apr 26, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jun 4, 2014