A loan of $1,350 helped to buy a solar panel for her house.

Lucia Mirian's story

Lucia’s a 38-year-old married woman mother of three children who work alongside their father making roofing tiles and growing coffee since they sell their own products. She completed elementary school but was unable to go further because her parents were of very limited economic resources and were unable to continue supporting her so they decided to teach her how to farm the land and grow basic grains and others since this has been a source of income for her parents and currently for her family. They make the roofing tiles in summer because they have to take advantage of the sunshine because they need the sun’s heat to strengthen the finished product. Their customers are people who live around their community or middlemen who know about the quality of their product that can be used to insure their houses’ roofs and protect from the rain and the sun.

She is currently asking for help to buy a solar panel that she’s wanted for a long time because there is no electricity in the place where she lives and she considers that in this day and age it’s necessary to have the home well-lit. For a long time now she’s struggled to do her daily chores by candle light and/or by light from lit pine branches.

Her dream as time goes by is her and her family’s improvement since they are very united and mutually supportive with the various projects they take on together. One of them is the purchase of a solar panel that will bring light to their home so that they can do the various tasks that they can’t get done during the day for lack of time since they spend so much of their day working hard in the fields for their and their children’s future.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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