A loan of $1,175 helped to buy a dairy cow.

Amelia's story

Amelia, 49, is a fortunate woman. She lives with Ceferino, her husband of 26 years. They have five children four of which are still cared for at home located in Usibamba Annex. She heads out every morning as usual to care for her crops because it’s the season and she needs good harvests. Her main crops are alfalfa, grasses, oats and other cattle feed since she works raising cows; she currently owns 8, three of which are pregnant so produce no milk. Even though milk is a bit scarce now she knows this won’t last forever because when the calves are born the cows will produce good milk and she’ll be able to sell it at a good price.

What she likes best, though, is knitting. While doing her chores, she makes various items like sweaters, mats, bedspreads and other accessories out of wool thus earning extra income. Besides, she enjoys this work.

She belongs to the “Usibamba” communal bank and this is the 6th MFP loan. She is grateful for the financial support she’s constantly granted. Now she has the means for improving her business. She promises to be punctual with her payments because they taught her how to be responsible. Amelia will use the requested money to buy a dairy cow she plans to use to increase the amount of milk produced.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Polliz

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