A loan of $850 helped to buy a solar panel for her home.

Ana Delsi's story

Ana is a 39-year-old entrepreneur who sells basic grains, together with her husband and three children. Her children are in different grades of elementary school. She, herself, has a third grade education and was unable to go further because her parents had scarce economic resources and could not continue supporting her. For over 20 years she has been a merchant, and it was her grandparents who taught her the trade. For many years, this has been a family tradition and the main source of income for her and her family.

Every day she takes a bus to her salespoint which is about 20 minutes from her home. Her main challenge is the competition; but day by day she struggles to put food on the table at home.

She is currently requesting a loan to buy a solar panel which she has been wanting for a long time. There is no electric energy where she lives so she feels it is necessary to have lighting at home. Until now she has been using commercial candle lighting or pine wood burners by which to do her housework.

Her dream would be to get up early in the morning and switch on the light in her humble home. This will also be a great improvement for her children who will be able to study and carry out school activities at night.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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