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

Hilda's story

Sra. Hilda M. is 32 years old and a single woman with four children. She operates a dairy and lives in an area of Maica Norte, which is a canton of the city of Cochabamba. Hilda has to raise her children alone because her husband abandoned them a year ago after she became severely ill and had to be hospitalized for six months. Hilda’s mother stayed with the children while she was in the hospital. Her fifteen year old daughter quit high school and began working so that she could help her mother recover and pay for the household expenses. Their bills were numerous since there was no other income besides the milk being sold by Hilda’s mother and children. After she was discharged from the hospital, Hilda felt guilty that her daughter had to quit school to help her and her children experienced a strong rejection by their father. Hilda advised them not to mention him again, as if he were dead.

Hilda is requesting a loan to buy two more dairy cows so that she can increase milk production for delivery and to make cheeses to sell at the market. She feels she has more courage and strength to move her children forward so that they can complete their education. Her daughter returned to school, but she still helps with gathering the milk and helping her mother in the afternoons make cheeses. Hilda hopes to improve her income and experience a better standard of living now that they she hasn't accumulated as many expenses as she had a year ago.

Hilda’s mother is very proud of her daughter and granddaughter for persevering and not giving in to everything bad that had happened to them. Doña Carmen (Hilda’s mother) says, “I know my granddaughter will experience success because my daughter will be the one to show her.”

Hilda is still in the process of recovery, but she continues to work hard and manage her dairy responsibly. She begins work at 4am and then prepares her children for school so that they can become professionals and have a better future than her.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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