A loan of $750 helped roof her pens to protect her livestock.

Maria Fidencia's story

Mary is 34 years old, married and has four children under her care. She lives in her own house, which is located in a village of the District of Tambogrande, belonging to the Piura region. It is a four-hour drive from the city of Chiclayo, capital of the department of Lambayeque. Mary lives in the rural part of this district, and only benefits from basic electrical services.

Over the past ten years Mary dedicated herself to raising small livestock such as pigs and poultry (chickens and turkeys), breeding, fattening and then selling them at the local market. Her husband is a farmer with one hectare of land (approximately 2.5 acres) where he grows limes that he harvests weekly. With the income earned from this activity he is able to cover his expenses and those of his family.

Mary has had problems with her livestock due to the constant raining in the area. She needs to put roofing over the livestock breeding pens, in order to protect them from the elements and keep them from dying because of weather conditions. To achieve this goal she decided to apply for a loan of 2000 soles.

Mary and her husband support each other, facing family expenses together and caring for their children. There is a good family relationship, which helps them to keep expanding their business activities.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer René McConnell

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