A loan of $1,200 helped to purchase dairy cows.

Niriam's story

Señora Niriam G. Q. is 27 years old and she has a daughter who is a year old. Her husband does not live with them for economic reasons; he had to go to work in Argentina because he could not find work in Bolivia. Señora Niriam lives in her mother's house which is located in the Maica Centra area of Cochabamba. She has dairy cows on the property which produce milk. All of her milk production is delivered daily to a woman who makes yogurt and other dairy products. Since her husband is away her mother helps her care for the cows which, with a 1-year old baby, is difficult for her to manage on her own.

The loan will be used for the purchase of dairy cows in order to increase her production of milk, and this way she can improve her income and as a consequence her standard of living. Señora Niriam hopes to be able to increase her earnings such that she is able to earn enough to hire someone who can help her with the care of the cows, and this way she would not have to depend on her mother, who is an older person. Also, this way she could have more time to give attention and care to her baby.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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