Total loan: $1,175


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Batallas, La Paz Department, Bolivia / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase dairy cows used for cheese production to accommodate the city's needs.

Emma's story

Emma is 21, single, lives with her parents, and works producing artisanal cheese. She works in the Batallas region, on the cold & dry shores of lake Titicaca.

Emma lives on the land where she works, and owns arable land as well as dairy cattle she inherited from her parents. She learned cheese-making as a child from her parents, and has several cows that produce the milk for her artisanal cheeses. She retails her product at local fairs, as well as selling wholesale to distributors in the city. Her second activity is cultivating potatoes, alfalfa, and grass for her cattle.

Due to her work, the family economy is stable and able to take on this loan. The advantage of her business is that she is able to sell her entire production, but the disadvantage is that cold weather decreases the amount she can produce. She dreams of increasing production, for which she needs to produce more milk. This loan will help her by increasing the number of dairy cattle she owns, which will increase milk production and eventually profits.

This is why she is applying for the first loan in the 5-year history of her endeavors: to purchase dairy cattle to increase her cheese production and accommodate the city's demand.