A loan of $600 helped purchase pigs and expand vegetable business.

Daissy Alexandra's story

Daissy Alexandra L. P. is a 23-year-old single woman who lives with her parents in the Guaranda canton of the Bolívar province. She has two children: Tania (8) and Melani (2).
Daissy is a member of the Patrón San Juan rural microfinance institute, located a half an hour from Guaranda. There is a total of 16 members in the group, the majority of whom cultivate corn and potatoes. This is the group's first loan from the San José cooperative.
Daissy is in agriculture. She sells vegetables, potatoes, wheat, broad beans and peas. She makes her purchases every month on Friday in Guaranda and sells her produce in Echeandia every Sunday.
She is requesting this loan in order to purchase pigs and to offer more products in her vegetable business. She thinks that this loan is an opportunity for her to get ahead. She dreams of increasing crop production and of owning a plot of land for her work and a house for her family. She is facing some challenges, such as pests on her potato crops, and her animals are ill.
She likes to help her mother at home and wash clothes in her spare time.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Casian

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