A loan of $1,200 helped to pay for the use of a well for irrigation.

Nicolasa's story

Señora Nicolasa Q. lives in the Mallco Chapi – Sipe Sipe area, in the province of Quillacollo in Cochabamba region.

Señora Q. lives simply and humbly, she is married anad has one son, who is studying in high school. She dedicates her time to farming and raising cattle, with the help of her husband and their son. This enables them to bring in enough income to sustain the family.

In recent years she has noticed her income has been declining, because she has not been able to feed her cattle adequately. This is because she has not enough food for them.

The main reason this has happened has been the climate change and water shortages in the area where she lives. It is for this reason that she has asked for a loan: to be able to be a member of a communal well that will permit her to give her plants water, increase their productivity and feed her animals. In this way she will have better income with which to educate and clothe her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Rosa Oswald

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