A loan of $1,500 helped to buy concentrated feed and a pair of high quality pigs in order to improve the breed of the pigs that she owns and to purchase feed for cattle.

Ernestina's story

Mrs. Ernestina is 62 years old, is married and has three children, but they no longer live with her. For more than 45 years she has worked raising pigs and cattle. She learned this work from her husband, and they have worked together raising animals ever since they married. Currently, she owns more than nine head of cattle and 13 pigs. She is a person who works all day on the animal farm, raises the animals and then sells them on Wednesdays and Sundays at the city market near where she lives.

Mrs. Ernestina buys the feed for the animals every week. On Wednesdays she leaves home since it is a market day and there is transportation to and from her home, since on other days there are no vehicles. She leaves at 5am in order to buy the feed and to return home by noon.

The loan that she is requesting from the Campo Foundation is to purchase concentrated feed and a pair of quality hogs in order to improve the breed that she possesses, and to purchase cattle feed. With the loan she hopes to fatten the pigs that she has and sell them in a few weeks, so that they will sell quickly and she will be able to buy others to fatten them and to continue so that her income improves. This is her sole job.

She hopes to have a good farm to leave to her grandson who lives with her and helps her. She also wants to offer her grandchild the opportunity to study, like she did with her daughters, who are nurses.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Debra McMahon

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