A loan of $11,350 helped a member to purchase a vehicle to use in water supply business.

Aguatería Group's story

Celso is 52 years old and is an agricultural engineer by profession. He is married to Ada and has 4 children.

He and his wife are owners of a water supply business that he says has provided water to the neighborhood since 1991. He says it all came about because in those days everyone in the neighborhood had a need to obtain access to drinking water. For this same reason, Celso decided to dig an artesian well for his own personal use. However, he says that at the time, the need that his neighbors had to access drinking water was so great that he was motivated to lend them a hand. He decided to take a risk and opened his water supply business. He began expanding his facilities to his closest neighbors. He put in a water outlet at the corner of his house where horse-drawn carts approached with drums to transport the vital liquid to the most distant regions.

By taking out a mortgage loan, Celso expanded his facilities little by little to be able to provide drinking water to more people. At the same time, his business grew and today he has 1292 users, all registered y controlled by high-quality meters. Today his water supply facility is equipped with 6 artesian wells - each with a depth of 145 meters, an underground water tank with a capacity of 106,000 liters that functions as a reserve and three 35,000-liter tanks that supply the community on a daily basis. The water supply facility is completely automated in terms of tank loading and the distribution system.

Celso is a well-recognized person in the region, always characterized by the struggle he went through to further his community. There are many projects attributed to him, such as an electrical extension of more than 1700 meters of wiring, the construction of a school and improvements made to roads by paving them.

He is requesting this loan to purchase a vehicle to use in his water supply business as a means to distribute the water and to use in times of emergency at the facility. He is very grateful to receive this opportunity; it will be of great assistance.

In this group: Celso, Ada

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Melissa Paulson

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