A loan of $525 helped a member to purchase a solar home system that will allow him to improve his productivity.


Zongolica2 Group's story

Bernando, Merced, and Catarina live in Tlaxcantitla, a remote indigenous community located in the mountainous sierra of Zongolica, in the state of Veracruz. The region is very complicated in terms of land, and they do not have access to electricity even though the community has asked the local authorities for support. Specifically, Bernardo's group depends on candles, and sometimes ocote (pine resin), for lighting.

This is Bernardo's story:

Bernardo is a 48-year-old man that lives in the community of Tlaxcantitla, described above. He supports a family of 4 mainly by cultivating corn, and sometimes by selling firewood to the community. Bernardo's house has no access to electricity, so the family relies on other lighting sources such as candles and ocote, which are not very powerful or efficient.

For this family, education is very important, and a solar home system will allow Bernardo's kids to increase the time they can use for academic activities at night.
Additionally, Bernardo needs to be more productive to increase the family income, which now is about $25 USD on a productive week, and create a better life for himself and his family. A solar home system will allow him to achieve this goal.

In this group: Bernardo, Merced, Catarina



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