A loan of $1,200 helped to buy a dairy cow.

Dolores's story

Dolores Q., 39, has three daughters; she lives alone with them in Maica Norte, a farming area of Cercado province, Cochabamba department.

Dolores is a cheese merchant. However, because she only owns four cows she only makes 40 cheeses daily. However, she buys more cheese from her neighbors and takes all the product to the Campesino market (a very popular market in Cochabamba). In addition, she buys corn from her neighbors, cooks it and makes popcorn. She is, therefore, able to sell both cheese and popcorn. With help from one of her daughters, Dolores takes all her cheese and popcorn to the market every day from 7am until 10am; she manages to sell out her cheese because it is a perishable item that requires refrigeration.

Dolores is a hard-working woman who was left alone when her husband left her 5 years ago. Fortunately, she doesn’t miss him because he was an irresponsible, alcoholic person who abused her both physically and verbally; she is still traumatized by those difficult years they went through

Her oldest daughter is 12 years old and she helps her mother every morning; during the afternoons she studies. She is very responsible and conscientious for her age.

Dolores has requested funds to buy a cow so that she can increase cheese production thereby increasing her income so that, in the long run, adding all her income together, she can invest in ingredients.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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