A loan of $575 helped to buy a dairy cow.

Micaela's story

Micaela, 38, has lived for 13 years in the house she bought in the town of Molinos, with her two children, Evelyn and Demi. In the early morning hours she goes out to the stables where she has four purebred cows, with whom she earns her living daily. "Every day I milk an average of 30 to 32 liters of milk which I sell to the collectors who come to my house every day", she states. This is how she earns a daily living to pay for household expenses. Her secret is growing natural fodder for the livestock. Her lands are fertilized and cared for with a lot of attention, since bad fodder can kill a cow. So, her animals always eat the best. She also has 40 guinea pigs, which she sells to traders in the area who know how well she cares for her animals which are of high quality. Micaela also sells lollipops from home.

She belongs to the communal bank "Las mujeres del milenio" and this is her fifth loan through MFP. Over the years she has learned to invest her money with care and discipline, so she has met many goals. Therefore she is grateful to the association and committed to paying back the loan on time. Micaela will use the loan to buy another dairy cow.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Sherry Bess

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