A loan of $375 helped to buy ten piglets to raise.

Sonia's story

Sonia is 33. Her partner is Payano, and they have three school-age children. This young family lives in a rented house in the farming district of La Unión.

Since she joined her life to that of her children's father, Leticia has farmed. She has plots of farmland where she produces greens and vegetables.

But the activity where she puts her greatest effort is raising pigs, although she also raises guinea pigs and rabbits.

She acquires small pigs for 100 soles, and feeds and fattens them over a four-month period, in order to then sell them for 500 soles. "The business is profitable, and that's why every time I make my sales, I buy other piglets with a percentage of the earnings," she comments.

Sonia has plots of farmland where she grazes her animals freely. She says that her work is relaxed, but she has to tend to her animals constantly: keeping them from getting sick, and feeding them.

This is the fifth loan she is obtaining from MFP, so she promises to once again make her payments on time. She belongs to the "La Unión Hace la Fuerza (Unity Makes Strength) communal bank, where her co-members are responsible friends.

With the money from this loan, she will be able to buy 10 piglets that she will fatten and sell later on.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Jeff Goldie

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