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Mirna Elizabeth
Mirna, 40 years of age, did not have the chance to go to school, since where she was living was very affected by the war, and the school was too far away, so she was not sent to school. She is in a relationship and her partner works in agriculture and in the buying and selling of cattle.

She and her husband have five children; only the older is no longer in school, as he does not wish to continue his studies; but the others are still in school. Mirna has been working selling fish, 'turrones' (nougat candy), enchiladas, and other things for some six years. She says that she started the business out of her own resources, and that it was the need to help her husband that made her begin selling; previously she had only helped him with the farming, but one day she thought that it would be better if she was selling.

To buy the fish, she takes a vehicle that drives her to the island, which takes an hour, and then she returns. To sell her products, she goes door to door among her neighbors, taking some seven hours to do so. Sometimes her oldest daughter helps her.

The loan will be used to buy four young bulls for grazing, as the pasture is good and she wants to take advantage of it. The loan will cover the need to buy these animals, as a way of making some money and helping her children move up in the world.

Her dream is to buy five milk cows and in that way to have food for her children. Also, she dreams of her children going to university, as she never had the chance herself. Also, she would like to buy some land to leave a place for each of her children to build a house, as where they currently live is not big enough for all of them. With the money she makes, God willing, she will be able to buy a heifer, so that, little by little, her dream will become a reality.
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Mirna de 40 años, no tubo oportunidad de estudiar debido, que donde ella vivía estuvo fuerte la guerra, y la escuela se encontraba demasiado lejos, por esa razón no la mandaron a la escuela. Ella esta acompañada y su pareja se dedica a la agricultura, compra y venta de ganado. Con su pareja han procreado 5 hijos, solo la mayor ya no esta estudiando, debido a que no quiso seguir; pero los demás siguen en la escuela.
Ella se de dedica a vender pescado, turrones, enchiladas y más, desde hace unos 6 años. Comenta, que por medios propios a prendió el negocio y que fue la necesidad de ayudar a su pareja la que indujo, a comenzar a vender; antes solo le ayudaba a su pareja en la agricultura, pero un día pensó que era mejor haciendo ventas. Para comprar el pescado, toma un vehículo, que la conduce a la isla, en su recorrido el vehículo hace una hora, y luego regresa. Para vender su producto, lo hace de casa en casa, con sus vecinos, y se tarda como unas 7 horas, algunas veces le ayuda su hija mayor.
El crédito, será utilizado en la compra de 4 toretes para repasto, ya que quiere aprovechar que el pasto esta bueno. Con el préstamo, cubriría la necesidad de comprar esos animales pues es una forma, de ganarse unos dólares, y así, sacar a sus hijos adelante.
Su sueño, es comprar unas 5 vacas lecheras y así tener la comida para sus hijos. Además, sueña que sus hijos estudien en la universidad, ya que ella no tuvo la oportunidad. Además, quiere comprar un solar para dejarle a cada hijo donde pueda construir su casa, pues donde hoy vive no le ajusta para todos. Con la ganancia si Dios le permite quiere comprar una novilla para que poco a poco su sueño se cumpla.

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About CrediCampo

This loan is administered by CrediCampo, a Kiva Field Partner in El Salvador. CrediCampo seeks to improve the lives of rural communities and their families in areas including health, education, basic services, and infrastructure. Through its Community Development Unit, CrediCampo provides scholarships, leadership development training, and financial education programs for families in rural areas. CrediCampo’s work is crucial in addressing the issue of poverty in El Salvador. Based on 2009 estimates, 37.8% of the population lives below the poverty line. To learn more about CrediCampo and their work, visit their partner page.


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  • $7,500
    Average annual income
  • 668
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  • $26,152,225
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    Loan transacted in USD

Success!! The loan was 100% repaid

A loan of $1,200 helped Mirna Elizabeth to buy four young bulls for grazing.
100% repaid
Repayment Term
14 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Sep 13, 2013
Sep 21, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Jul 17, 2014