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Migdonia Nicaragua 2017 83 low resMigdonia Caballero has lived more than 50 years in Guacucal, close to Mombacho Volcano, on the outskirts of Granada. She’s been a farmer since an early age, because her parents were also farmers.

She is a mother of eight adult children, six girls (two of whom are twins) and two boys. She has 11 grandchildren. Migdonia raised her children alone for 10 years after her husband passed away. She’s taught them about farming, through which four of them support their families today.

Migdonia started a relationship with MiCredito in 2014 when she got her first loan for environmentally friendly lighting. When she started working with MiCredito she began gaining interest in clean energy, which MiCredito helps finance. The community of Guacucal has never used clean energy before.

She continued getting loans from the institution and by her third loan she decided to put in a system called Connect 2000. The MiCredito system includes five lights, panels, an inverter, a battery, and a television. Before, she used kerosene candles. The only way she could listen to news was with a battery-powered radio. MiCredito even installed the panel because no one else was able to help Migdonia!

Today she has better living conditions and her health has improved because she is no longer using kerosene lamps, which created toxic air that she was inhaling. (See below.) The lights in her home also allow her to cook at night, which she was unable to do before. She no longer needs to invest in radio batteries to keep up with the news.

Today, Migdonia is convinced that this clean energy project, which MiCredito is promoting in rural communities, has changed her life for the better. She is thankful to MiCredito – before, no one had offered her or her neighbors a better way of life in her community.

“Kerosene lamps are widely used for lighting in rural areas of Asia and Africa where electrical distribution is either not available, or too costly for widespread use. Yet using kerosene for lighting is extremely inefficient, dangerous and expensive, and it has extensive health and environmental drawbacks. The World Bank estimates that breathing kerosene fumes is the equivalent of smoking two packets of cigarettes a day and two-thirds of adult females with lung cancer in developing nations are non-smokers.”