A loan of $1,150 helped to buy balanced feed for fattening animals and fertilizers for her crops.

Martina's story

Martina is a 58-year-old who is widowed and lives in her own home with her grown son. It should be mentioned that the quality of life in her community is subsistent. Most of the residents are independent workers who engage in trade and the breeding of small animals. Some of them also engage in agriculture. Martina's home is in the village of Los Bances in the District of Túcume, Department of Lambayeque. The only basic service available in this area is electricity and the drinking water comes from an artesian well. All of the families that reside here live under these conditions.

Martina's business involves trading, raising, fattening, and selling animals. These include cattle and small animals such as poultry, pigs, goats, and sheep. The animals are kept in pens outside of her home. Martina sells her animals at the local market or to wholesale livestock traders. She has gained 20 years of experience in this business, which has enabled her to maintain an established clientele. Her son helps her by maintaining her land, which consists of one hectare of yellow corn. He is able to produce a healthy crop.

At the moment, Martina proposes to expand the inventory for her business of fattening and selling animals (including cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and chickens) since this type of business is very profitable in her area. Under these circumstances, she is requesting a new loan from Edpyme Alternativa in the amount of 3,000 PEN. The money will be used to buy balanced feed for fattening the animals and fertilizers for her crops. Over time, she will able to improve her quality of life and that of her family.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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