A loan of $675 helped to purchase a solar system for her home.

Mercedes Epifania's story

Mercedes is from the San Remigio community where she was born and grew up with her parents. At age fifteen, she decided to get married and start her own family and gave birth to ten children. Her oldest children are already married. They only have three minor children living at home with them, and they study and attend school in the community. For over ten years, her husband has worked for a shrimp company. It’s going very well because he has a fixed salary as well as various benefits. Mercedes has always been engaged in doing housework, however, she joined a shrimp cooperative about two years ago. So, she is happy as she receives her own income and this allows her to contribute to the household expenses. She says that there is no electricity in her community, and for this reason, she decided to make this loan request to purchase a solar system and install it in her home.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Eleanor Francoletti-Putz

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