A loan of $1,325 helped to buy a solar panel for her house.

Cristina's story

Cristina is a 59-year-old, enterprising woman who together with her husband strives daily to get ahead for her family’s and her grandson’s well-being. Three of her eight children and a grandson live with her; the rest are adults who work independently and help out with some of the household expenses.

She’s a merchant and farmer since she owns a small grocery store and also grows coffee that she sells in her small store and to buyers who come to the area. She has much experience since she’s been growing coffee for ten years; her parents taught her since her zone is apt for this type of crop due to its weather and environment. The parcel of land she and her husband live on is theirs thanks to an inheritance she got from her parents and they were able to take advantage of it since her husband’s a builder and also to plant on it.

At this time, she’s asking for a loan to buy a solar panel for her house because every night she must once again start the odyssey of trying to light her house by means of pinewood, ocote pine wood or kerosene lamps.

Her goals are to be able to gradually improve her house because she hasn’t been able to do so to date because of her income; her dream is to expand the grocery business by means of the electricity she’ll be able to get from the solar panel and she will be able then to offer other services like mobile phone recharging and snacks, among others, that will help to benefit her family and her grandson.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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