A loan of $1,500 helped to buy 3 milk cows, 300 cement tiles, 500 bricks, 12 bags of cement, 10 quintals of iron, and one truckload of sand, and to pay for labor.

Flavio's story

Flavio is 59 years old. He is married and has three children. He is a farmer, and he works planting basic grains such as corn and sorghum. He is also a day laborer, carrying out farm work for people who seek out his services. In addition, he also raises livestock. He currently has 8 animals (cows) that he is raising in order to sell them later. He has a ranch where he raises and feeds them; it is rented for the grazing land for the cows. He carries out this activity together with his wife. They have dedicated themselves to this work for more than 21 years. Flavio's family worked raising livestock, and he says that this activity is his family heritage.

Before he worked raising livestock, he worked in agriculture and dedicated himself to providing services as a day laborer. These activities were not very profitable, and thus he now works raising and selling livestock. He learned this profession from his parents.

He buys the livestock in the markets near his area, which are located in the city, 2 kilometers from the place where he lives. When he buys the animals at this market he transports them by herding them down the street.

This loan will be invested in buying 3 milk cows, 300 cement tiles, 500 bricks, 12 bags of cement, 10 quintals of iron, and 1 truckload of sand, as well as paying for labor. With this investment, he will have livestock to raise and he will increase his milk production, to be processed into dairy products. Thus he will obtain an income for his family and satisfy the demand from his customers. With the construction materials, he will repair his roof and continue constructing the walls of his home.

Flavio has plans for the future, such as continuing to construct his home out of brick, since the house he currently has is made out of wood and metal sheets, and to continue raising livestock.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Linderman

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