Guillermo is fifty-one years old. He lives in the district of Las Lomas in northern Peru. Las Lomas is a semi-tropical zone just a few hours away from the coastal desert in the province of Piura. It is primarily populated by small farmers and ranchers. Many residents own small fruit plantations or raise animals. Guillermo is single. He lives in a home which he owns and shares with his older sister.
Guillermo raises sheep and cattle in corrals behind his home. He raises the sheep for their meat and sells them in the local markets, once they reach the appropriate size. The sheep meat serves as an important role in the nutrition of the local population and in the cultural traditions of Peru. Guillermo raises the cattle for milk. He sells the milk to the municipality.
In addition to his animals, Guilmero owns a hectare of land in the region which he inherited from his parents. He has a portion of the land planted with mature lime trees and another portion is planted with maracuya (a local fruit somewhat similar to the pomegranate which grows on a vine). He harvests the fruits regularly, selling them in local markets to wholesalers or to local factories.
This will be Guillermo’s first loan with Edpyme Alternativa. He plans to use the funds to purchase additional balanced feed for his animals. He hopes that the investment will improve the health of his animals and also improve their production.