A loan of $600 helped to buy a solar power system.

Marvin Jose's story

Marvin was born in the Vilan community, where he now lives. At the age of 12 he had to move to live with his aunt in Bluefields, as there was war in Vilan. At a very young age, Marvin was conscripted to do military service for two years. When he finished he returned with his family to the rural area of Vilan. Incredibly, Marvin was recruited by "Contra", the armed rebels fighting the government, for another four yeas of war. When this ended in the 1990s, Marvin started working on his grandfather's land, growing basic grains. Little by little Marvin saved up and was able to buy his own lands where he now continues to work and from which he supports himself. Marvin would like to apply for a loan in order to have electricity in his house, as there is none in his community. He currently has to use oil lamps and candles to light up his house at night.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Iain Gaw

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