A loan of $1,200 helped the purchase of livestock.

Irene Fanny's story

Irene is 36 years old and has three children. Her eldest child, aged 18, attends university, and the younger two children, aged 14 and 9, attend a nearby public school. Irene has six cows on her dairy farm, but the milk they provide has not been sufficient for her to gain the returns she needs to cover her children's education, so she also sells clothing in the local markets.

Irene has been working on the dairy farm now for over 20 years, and has been selling clothing in the markets for the past five years. She lives in Malco Rancho, in the Quillacollo Province of Cochabamba Department. With this loan from CIDRE, Irene is going to purchase more livestock in order to produce more milk. She hopes this will help her improve her economic situation.

Irene's husband left her and the children a few years ago, so she has been forced to care for and raise the children on her own. Although she has had to fill the roles of both mother and father, her children are her inspiration and she wishes for nothing more than their success.

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