A loan of $750 helped to purchase feed for pigs.

Luis Daniel's story

Daniel is a very active man of 49 years of age, the father of a 17-year-old son whom he has raised by himself since the son was very young, and for whom he tries to get ahead every day. Daniel lives in the city of Pisco which has a hot climate, and where there are beautiful beaches and fishing is the main industry.

Daniel earns a living raising pigs. He enjoys what he does very much, and at times he even gets quite attached to the smallest little pigs. He has been working in this business for two years with much sacrifice and constant struggle. He devotes himself to his business around three hours, getting up very early since he must feed the pigs and clean the area where they eat, because, Daniel tells us, they are like people in that where it's clean they eat well but if it's dirty they don't like it. He believes his business is going well because he's very dedicated to his work and because he raises the animals with respect.

Daniel is very happy for the help offered by the Kiva lenders, since owing to that support he will be able to purchase commercial feed wholesale (since when one buys in small quantities it is very expensive). With this improvement he will be able to provide better nutrition to the pigs and thus the customers will be more confident in buying their meat. Above all he will have more income to be able to fulfill his great dream: "that his son would stay in school in order to be better than him, because the only thing he can leave him as an inheritance, in case something were to happen to him, is education."

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Meg Wolfe-Roberts

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