A loan of $300 helped to buy a solar power system for his house.

Jarold Alfonso's story

Jarol is 36 years old. He lives in a community called El Guapotal. He says that he only learned to read and write because his parents' financial situation didn't allow them to put him in school. At a young age, he learned to work the land because he worked with his father and his siblings. Time passed and he lived his life and started his own home. Today he lives with his wife and their three children. They have their own house and their children go to the community school. His wife takes care of the home and he grows beans, corn and coffee. There is no conventional power source in the community so they have no electricity and use candles or oil lamps at night. Now he has the opportunity to acquire a loan to buy a small solar power system. He is very happy because they will be able to have electricity in his home.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ellen Donohue

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