A loan of $1,275 helped to buy a solar panel to light her home.

Rosalinda's story

Rosalinda is 40 years old, married, and the mother of 5 children. She completed her primary education, studying up to the sixth year. Rosalinda lives at home with her family and also has a grandson living with her. She and her husband have been growing coffee for more than 15 years, having learned the business from her parents who taught her from a very young age. Rosalinda's customers are mainly people who live in her area. The challenges she and her husband face with this product are prices and pests. Another big challenge for her household is their lack of electricity as those in government have no plans to install electricity in her village owing to the fact that it is a long way from the main power plants.

Rosalinda is requesting this loan to buy a solar panel which will help her to keep her house lit and improve her quality of life. Her dream is to stop having to use oil lamps, wood or commercial candles to keep her house lit because it is harmful to her family's health.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard

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