A loan of $1,000 helped purchase a cow.


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The woman described is from Thogo Rancho in the Tiraque province, department of Cochabamba. Margarita was born March 25 1963 in Parra Rancho, Tiraque where she currently lives. She is a hardworking woman who is organizing an association of dairy producers with the support of the Tiraque Mayor's office through a joint agreement between PDA and Tiraque. The goal is to sell the municipality dairy products for school breakfasts. The loan she is requesting is to purchase a dairy cow and goods to feed it. Her goal is to increase her family's income. She currently makes a living farming potatoes, peas and grains. She spends most of her time farming during planting, cultural and harvesting periods but doesn't ignore her secondary source of income which is dairy production. Her current conditions are difficult as she has a clay tile roof on her home with mud brick walls and a dirt floor. She lives with her 5 children, who are in high-school and college. She has a lot of experience doing what she does and is responsible with her community obligations. She is a widow who works alone, with her children's help, or sometimes with help from the neighbors.

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