A loan of $2,025 helped to buy food for raising fattened pigs.

Alejandra's story

Alejandra is a hard working woman and has a desire to move forward. She is 45 years old and was born in Nicaragua. She has worked raising pigs for 12 years. At first, because of space, she kept a small number of pigs in her house and sold them before they were grown.

With dedication and work, she was able to get capital allowed her to move to bigger facilities, increasing her inventory of pigs, buying more breeding sows and having her own production cycle of pigs. Even though the facilities require more improvements, she and her husband have created appropriate conditions to carry out this activity.

It is a family activity. A neighbor rents them a place, which they improve and it will allow them to raise pigs in better space and health conditions. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Barrio San Jose in Alajuela.

Right now, she has 50 pigs who are two months old and food for two months. She also predicts the the birth of 40 more pigs which will start a new cycle of production.

A loan with 3 half-yearly payments is projected to support the purchase of pig feed and development since the development of the pigs is 6 months. Maintaining this level of production, she will have enough income to make the payments for the loan on the respective dates, in addition to a food inventory to continue with the respective cycle.

The previous loan allowed her to leave her home and grow from selling small pigs to pigs at their optimal weight. Even though the facilities require more improvements, she and her husband have achieved appropriate conditions for the development of the activity. Right now she has four breeding sows about to give birth and one male in full condition for reproduction and about 50 pigs for which she needs the money for their food.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Caitlin Jones

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