A loan of $375 helped buy a milk cow and fertilizers.

Leonidas's story

Leonidas is 60 years old and has lived in Oswaldo with her husband for 28 years. The two of them have 8 children, who they raised with dedication, love, and effort. Now they live with the youngest, Robinson, in their own home located in Hualahoyo.

Leonidas has worked her whole life in farming, and has been able to support her children and give them a better quality of life. Now she grows products only for her own consumption (potatoes, corn, and peas), while her main source of income is producing milk. She has 4 cows, which are pregnant and about to give birth. They produce an average of 18 liters of milk a day, which is collected every morning by one of the best milk processors in the country.

Additionally, Leonidas raises animals like guinea pigs, pigs, and chickens in quantity. This helps her gain extra income; because she sells to local butchers what she doesn’t eat herself. Her secret is to plant alfalfa, which serves as the primary feed for her animals.

Her wish for the future is to increase the number of livestock she owns to be able to make better profits. This is her second loan with MFP and she is grateful for their support, with which she is able to better her business and therefore her profits. Also, she promises to be punctual with her payments, because she hopes to continue reaching her goals and working with the members of the group who are all responsible and caring. Leonidas will invest the money requested in the purchase of a milk cow to increase her livestock and milk production, as well as fertilizers to improve the alfalfa she grows.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Molly Jones

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