A loan of $550 helped to buy feed to expand her business (raising and selling animals).

Gladys Luz's story

Gladys is 32 years old, separated, and has two children. She lives in the La Zaranda section, a rural area in the Pítipo district, Ferreñafe province. Her main activities are farming and raising animals. The area where she lives is located 45 minutes from the city of Chiclayo.

For five years she has been engaged in raising and marketing small animals. She raises sheep and goats in a corral she has. The animals are fed with carob pods (fruit of the carob tree, which grows freely in the area). When they are fully developed, she offers them for sale to merchants who come by regularly. This is the only activity that provides her with income, for which reason she gives her best to maintain her business.

Gladys would like to purchase balanced feed to complement their nutrition, and thus bring in greater earnings from her sales. For this reason she considers it advantageous to request a loan of 1,500 new soles from Edpyme Alternativa, which she plans to use to meet her objective and satisfy demand, which usually increases as the Christmas holidays approach.

Gladys previously worked with a loan financed by Kiva, through Edpyme Alternativa and Capital Semilla (seed capital), one of its product lines. With the funds from that loan, she purchased feed for her animals. Thanks to that collaboration, her business picked up a little momentum and began to develop, which makes her happy and grateful for Kiva’s loan officers.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Mary Jane Wilkie

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