A loan of $1,375 helped to buy cows.

Hector's story

Héctor, 40, lives with his wife, Victoria, and their three children in the house he bought 22 years ago. He divides his time into two activities: agriculture and animal husbandry. The first consists in growing potatoes in great amounts on his own farmland. He sells them to wholesalers who come to his farmland always. But his main source of constant income consists in raising dairy cows. He owns on average four cows that produce milk daily that he sells to middlemen in the zone. He also makes cheese seasonally. “It all depends on the amount of milk. If more is produces on a certain day I take advantage of it to make cheese,” he comments. His secret is the good growth he develops especially in fattening up the cows. He’s also in the cow buying and selling business. That is, he buys skinny cows to fatten them up and then sell them at a higher price. “With love and care one can have a healthy cow,” he comments.

This is his first Kiva loan and he feels grateful for the economic support he gets to continue forward. He also commits to make his payments punctually. Héctor will use the 3,800 soles to buy three good quality skinny cows to start the process of fattening them up.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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