A loan of $500 helped purchase and feed additional pigs.


Carmen's story

Carmen M. S., 29, has now completed three credit cycles with Friendship Bridge. With the first credit, she bought a single piglet, and now she has four that are getting close to being ready for market. They each take 5-8 months to raise to maturity, although some grow faster than others. She buys waste tortillas to feed them. A single piglet costs about US$20 when young and will fetch between $65 and $80 when mature. Carmen hopes to buy at least one more piglet with this coming credit, and to continue feeding the others until they're ready for market. Carmen did not have any schooling, and never learned to read or write. But she's making sure that her three children will be able to go to school. The oldest, age 7, is already ahead of her because he's learning to read in the first grade. And she's very proud of him.



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