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

Maria Gladiz's story

María is 40 years old, single and mother to two children, both of whom are adults. They all live together under the same roof, including with María's two grandchildren. María has worked in agriculture for over ten years. She sows and grows coffee and receives help from her two children - though they are her only support. María's crops are a kilometre away from her home and she arrives there each day on foot. Her biggest challenge currently is a lack of electricity in her home. The town is not expected to have electricity for some time so María is forced to light the home with ocote pine firewood, oil lamps and candles.

However, with the help that she is now applying for, she will be able to buy a solar panel which will help keep the house lit and avoid having to burn firewood, oil or use anything else that might be harmful to health or the environment.

María's dream is, in time, to sell her product on a larger scale as then she would be able to generate a higher income for her family and continue increasing her harvest. Nevertheless, her goal is buy the solar panel to use at home with her children and grandchildren so that they are healthy and not causing damage to the environment.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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