A loan of $775 helped to buy a solar energy system.

Oscar Armando's story

Oscar lives without electricity. In the '80s, he had to leave school because they were recruiting young men for the war. Those were hard times for him because he had to be in hiding. After the war, he farmed the land that he inherited from his father. He grows coffee and staple grains on this land. He has slowly been buying things, such as a motorcycle and a chainsaw, in addition to improving his house.

Oscar says that a few years ago they put a hydroelectric plant in his community, but it was damaged and hasn't been repaired because it's too costly. Because of this, he is requesting a loan to obtain a solar energy system. Being able to have solar-powered electricity in his home would greatly benefit him and his family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Michelle Eddy

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