A loan of $875 helped to buy fodder for her dairy cows.

Florentina's story

Florentina Quispe C. is 64 years old and lives in the Maica Central neighborhood near bus stop 6. This is a neighborhood that is on the outskirts of the city of Cochabamba, on the southeast side. She lives with one of her daughters, who has her own independent income and who is married. Florentina was a very young single mother, because her husband abandoned her. But in spite of all of the obstacles she faced, she was always able to care for her family. Now she is raising a young child who she loves and cares for as if he were one of her own.

Florentina has a business producing raw milk, which she sells in the neighborhood to the cheese producers. She has 6 dairy cows, and she alone cares for these cows. She gets up early, milks them, and puts them out to pasture in the area. In the afternoons she feeds them with alfalfa, balanced feed and soybean husks, so that she can optimize their production of milk. At the end of the day she milks them again.

Florentina wants to buy fodder for her dairy cows (soybean husks.) She wants to buy a half-truck full instead of bags, because it is more economical and in this way she could save a little more. As a result, she and the boy who is in her care could have a better quality of life. When the boy finishes school, Florentina will leave him all of her cows so that he can have the same business.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lisa Grobar

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