A loan of $500 helped buy food for her milking cows (corn husks).

Delfina's story

Delfina Chamba V. is 49. She was married for over 20 years, but her husband abandoned her. She now lives alone. Her two children got a loan to be able to buy soldering equipment and be able to work. Delfina lives in the Maica Sud community in Cochabamba. She has three cows. She uses their milk to make cheese and sell it at different markets in the city of Cochabamba and to people who sell “Charque” (a traditional dish eaten with cheese in Cochabamba). Delfina has been making cheese for over 32 years.

The loan is to buy food for her livestock (corn husks). Due to drought problems, the cost has increased a great deal. She does not have enough to buy all of the food that the cows need. This way they will not have trouble producing the same quantity of milk that they now produce. Also, the quantity and quality of cheese will not be reduced. Delfina hopes to be able to get another loan once this one is finalized to be able to buy more cows and increase her milk production and increase her income.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ginny Kalish

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