A loan of $550 helped to buy a solar energy system.

Guadalupe Del Carmen's story

Guadalupe, 60, said she only learned to read and write. Her family's economic situation wasn't good, so she had to learn to work in the home at a young age. To support herself in life, for a long time she worked as a domestic employee on coffee farms in nearby communities. That's how she met her husband. They went to the community of Villa Nueva, where they still live. They have four children and have managed to sacrifice and get them ahead.

Guadalupe and her husband have some plots of land where they grow corn and beans. They sell their products to merchants who come to the community. They also have pigs and chickens that they sell or eat. This is how they survive and support the family.

There's no electricity in their community so she wants to apply for a loan to buy a solar energy system to install in her home so they can have light. They have lived for a long time in the dark with only light from oil lamps.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Catharine Wall

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