A loan of $400 helped to buy a 60 watt solar system in order to have light in his home.

Gaspar's story

Gaspar lives in a rural community in El Viejo, Chanandega. He is 59 years old. He has lived in the community for eight years with his wife and three children. The last of his children was born in May of this year.

He has worked for six years at a sugar refinery during the season for harvesting sugarcane. When he leaves his work at the sugar refinery he also works at a nearby farm, and he grows his ‘manzana’ [a land measurement unit equivalent to 1.740 acres] of corn and beans.

His daughters are in the fourth and the second grades of elementary school, and they go to the closest school. In the community there is no electrical lighting. Currently his family is using lights run by batteries. They buy batteries because they last longer, and they avoid a fire that could be caused by using candles in their house.

He is requesting the loan to buy a 60 watt solar panel. This way he will live in a better way with his daughters and his wife. With this system the intensity of light will be greater, and they will no longer have to spend to buy the batteries. Gaspar’s daughters will be able to do their school work at night, and his wife will be able to take better care of their newborn child. He hopes to be helped with the approval of this loan so that his family life will change.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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