Alberto is 33 years old and he and his wife live here because his field is closer to home, and moving to a big town is very expensive and they wish they had the same services in their community. He and his family have always depended on diesel lamps and candles to light their house, but these sources are not only dangerous, but expensive and unreliable. He knows that using the solar system in his house, he would not only save a lot of money (almost five dollars a week), but he and his wife will stop inhaling the fumes, which is very important for him because he knows this is very dangerous for their health. Also, he thinks that the light provided by the diesel lamp is not good enough and, after sunset, they can’t read or finish their household activities.
About ERES Energía RenovablesERES Energía Renovable is a hybrid social enterprise that provides clean energy via solar-powered home systems in off-grid communities in Mexico. Kiva loans enable low-income households to purchase these systems. By lending to borrower groups that cross-guarantee each other, ERES Energía Renovable is able to reach far more borrowers who do not have the collateral or credit history to get a loan from a formal financial institution.
This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.
ERES Energía Renovable joined Kiva through our Experimental Partnership Program, and has therefore received a lighter level of due diligence. Accordingly, loans associated with this partner carry a higher level of risk than typical Kiva loans.
This is a Group Loan
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