A loan of $775 helped to buy a milch cow.

Flora's story

Flora is 51 years old. She lives in a home she bought 32 years ago in the area of Yanamarca. There she built a family with her spouse Fidel and her seven children, of whom only three still live at home; Jones, Cinthia, y Diana.

At the beginning she only sowed potatoes, olluco (a Peruvian tuber), barley, and broad beans in her fields that she had irrigated, which is to say the ones close to the river which could be irrigated and fertilized the most easily. Currently, she is still involved in agriculture, but her most consistent soure of income is in raising poultry, which she has 32 years of experience in keeping. She now has five pigs, two bulls, and two pregnant cows. For this reason, she has much less milk production, "I cannot stop producing milk, I need to buy a milk cow to not lessen my production, and when my cows give birth, then I'll have really great production, since their milk supply will greatly increase," she comments. Now, she is concentrating on this project, since she already has customers who buy her milk and she can't let them down.

She is a member of the community bank “Corazón de Jesús” and this is her second loan with MFP. She really likes the work that she does with the association, since she receives support from the other members who really look out for each other. “At every meeting, we fulfill our financial obligations responsibly," she notes.

Flora will invest the asked for funds in buying a milch cow of good stock to increase her profits and maintain her milk production.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Elizabeth Mount

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